Rural Hill


About Us
Rural Hill is the historic homestead of Major John Davidson, signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and a patriot in the American Revolution. John was a cousin of General William Lee Davidson, who encamped with his men at Rural Hill before the Battle of Cowan's Ford (February 1, 1781). Lord Cornwallis, with his 1500 men, began to cross the Catawba River at Cowan's Ford on the morning of February 1st only to find General Davidson and 150 men waiting. In the ensuing firefight, 100 British troops lost their lives; three Americans fell, including General Davidson.

Rural Hill is a restoration in progress. It is a designated historic landmark and is on the North Carolina study list for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The volunteers of the Catawba Valley Scottish Society have undertaken to preserve the Davidson homesite and the lands (265 acres) and buildings surrounding it. Also on the property are a circa 1890 one room schoolhouse, plantation house ruins, smoke house, ash house, granary, a 20th century farm house and the Rural Hill Burying Ground.

Rural Hill is also a working farm, with a herd of Scottish Highland cattle. Characterized by their picturesque horns and shaggy long hair, the Highland breed are noted for being disease resistant and able to adapt to extremes in temperature and climate.

Our Products
museum, living history, working farm, scottish history

From I-77, take Exit 25 and follow NC Highway 73 West to Beatties Ford Road. Travel South on Beatties Ford Road to Neck Road. Turn onto Neck Road and follow it back to Rural Hill.

Hours of Operation
Hours: 10:00 - 4:00 Monday through Saturday and by appointment. We are open for special events on weekends

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Where you can find our products


Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hill: seven acres of corn; two miles of confusion. Thursday thru Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Sept 11,2008 thru Nov 2, 2008. Come and Get Lost!!!!!

Rural Hill
Ed McLean
POBox 1009
Huntersville, NC 28070
Phone: 704-875-3113

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