Davidson

This small town is the definition of Southern charm.

Welcome to Davidson

Experience all that Southern charm has to offer

Located in Mecklenburg County, Davidson is nestled on the banks of Lake Norman. This small town is the definition of Southern charm. With a population of just over 13,000, Davidson offers residents the very best of small-town living. Residents here are proud of their community—a friendly, vibrant, and charming place to call home. 

Davidson was founded in 1837 with the establishment of the Presbyterian Davidson College and named after Brigadier General William Lee Davidson, a Revolutionary War veteran. Davidson College has become an integral part of this community and is known for its dedication to education and academics. 

A drive through the community will reveal that the majority of homes are single-family homes and townhouses. Roughly 40 percent of the constructions were completed after 2000, making the homes here in exceptional condition. 

What to Love 

  • A family-friendly environment 
  • Affordable housing
  • Davidson College

People & Lifestyle 

With so much to offer, it’s not hard to understand why more and more people are continuing to move to Davidson. It’s consistently been renowned as an ideal location to raise a family.

Davidson is home to a diverse population that consists of college students, working professionals, families, and retirees. The proximity to nature makes this a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts to reside. Davidson truly has something for everyone.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment 

Davidson might be considered a small town, but it is anything but boring. Living here allows you to enjoy a myriad of dining, shopping, and entertainment options. The Village Store is a quaint gift shop located in the heart of downtown Davidson. This local shop has been allowing shoppers to browse through the incredible variety of gifts since opening in 1966. If you have a book lover in your life, then you don’t want to miss Main Street Books. A local, independent bookstore, Main Street Books offers new books and gifts. 

For a casual lunch or dinner, check out The Pickled Peach. First being established in 2014, this charming nook offers farm-to-table sandwiches and desserts as you enjoy outdoor seating. Kindred, located in historic downtown, first opened in 2015. Here, you can enjoy a unique culinary experience comprising Southern food with flavors from around the world. For a glass of wine after dinner, head over to Davidson Wine Co. This refined wine bar offers globally sourced and locally crafted wine.

Things to Do 

A quick drive to Charlotte allows you to catch a Carolina Panthers game, a Charlotte Hornets game, or simply enjoy the day exploring the Queen City. But you don’t have to go to Charlotte to find things to do! Davidson offers plenty for residents to partake in. For instance, Concerts on the Green is a summer music series that hosts an assortment of musical genres. 

Lake Davidson Nature Preserve allows you to escape from the noise and connect with nature. Here, you can hike, jog, kayak, or canoe on Lake Davidson. 

Christmas in Davidson is a celebrated three-day festival that features Santa, a tree lighting, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, and much more. The Davidson Fall Art Festival, which takes place in October, features more than 25 local artists showcasing their talent. 

Schools

Davidson is home to many excellent schools. Top educational institutions include: 

  • Cannon School
  • Davidson Day School
  • Davidson College

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