National Register Listings in
Davidson County, North Carolina

Abbott's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Adderton - Badgett House Beallmont Beck's Reformed Church Cemetery Bethany Reformed and Lutheran Church Cemetery Beulah Church of Christ Cemetery Brummell's Inn Chapel Hill Church Tabernacle Church Street School Emanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery Erlanger Mill Village Historic District Everhart, Hamilton, Farm Everhart, Riley, Farm and General Store Fair Grove Methodist Church Cemetery Finch, T. Austin and Ernestine L., House First Reformed Church Good Hope Methodist Church Cemetery Grace Episcopal Church Grimes Brothers Mill Grimes School Grimes-Crotts Mill Haden Place Hampton House Hedrick's Grove Reformed Church Holt, Dr. William Rainey, House Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery Jersey Settlement Meeting House Junior Order United American Mechanics National Orphans Home Koonts, Capt. John, Jr., Farm Lambeth, Shadrach, House Lexington Industrial Historic District Lexington Memorial Hospital Lexington Residential Historic District Mitchell House Moore, Eli, House Mor-Val Hosiery Mill Mount Ebal Methodist Protestant Church Old Davidson County Courthouse Pilgrim Reformed Church Cemetery Randolph Street Historic District Reid Farm Salem Street Historic District Shoaf, Henry, Farm Smith Clinic Sowers, Philip, House Spring Hill Methodist Protestant Church Cemetery Spurgeon House St. Luke's Lutheran Church Cemetery Thomasville Downtown Historic District Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot Tyro Tavern Uptown Lexington Historic District Waggoner Graveyard Wall, George W., House Welborn, John Henry, House Yadkin College Historic District
The pirate Blackbeard (real name: Edward Teach) made his home base in the town of Bath, North Carolina, during the early 1700s.

Davidson County, located in the central part of North Carolina, has a rich history that dates back to the early 18th century. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Saura and Catawba, who relied on the region's fertile land and abundant wildlife for their livelihoods. European settlers arrived in the mid-1700s and established the first permanent settlement, known as the "Moravian Square" near present-day Winston-Salem.

During the American Revolutionary War, Davidson County played a significant role as a hotbed of patriotic activity. Many local residents joined the Continental Army, and several notable conflict engagements occurred within its boundaries. After the war, the region experienced an influx of immigrants, including German, Scots-Irish, and English settlers, who brought their traditions and agricultural practices to the area.

By the 19th century, Davidson County had become a thriving agricultural community, with tobacco as the primary cash crop. The county continued to grow and prosper, aided by the arrival of the railroad in the mid-1800s. This provided a crucial link to other markets and allowed for the establishment of new industries, such as textiles and furniture manufacturing.

In the 20th century, Davidson County faced challenges brought on by the Great Depression and the decline of traditional industries. However, it adapted and diversified its economy, attracting new businesses and industries. Today, Davidson County is known for its manufacturing sector, including textiles, furniture, and transportation equipment. Agriculture, particularly poultry and livestock farming, also remains significant in the county.

Overall, Davidson County has a rich heritage rooted in Native American culture, early European settlement, and the growth of various industries. Its ability to adapt to changing economic conditions while preserving its historical and cultural legacy has cemented its place as a vibrant community in North Carolina.

  • 1748 - The area that would later become Davidson County is first settled by European colonizers.
  • 1783 - Davidson County is officially formed and named in honor of Revolutionary War General William Lee Davidson.
  • 1849 - The town of Lexington is incorporated in Davidson County, becoming the county seat.
  • 1861-1865 - Davidson County is heavily involved in the American Civil War, with many residents serving in the Confederate Army.
  • 1890s - The railroad reaches Davidson County, leading to economic growth and development in the region.
  • 1920s - The tobacco industry becomes a major economic driver in Davidson County, with many tobacco warehouses and processing plants established.
  • 1942-1946 - Davidson County experiences significant growth and industrialization during World War II, with the establishment of Camp Davis and the construction of High Rock Lake.
  • 1950s-1960s - The furniture industry becomes a major industry in Davidson County, leading to an economic boom.
  • 1980s-1990s - Economic changes lead to a decline in the furniture industry, but new industries such as healthcare and logistics help stabilize the local economy.
  • Present - Davidson County remains a vibrant community with a diverse economy and a rich historical heritage.