Historic Rural Hill


These patriot militiamen under Sumter and Graham riding north toward Beattie’s Ford probably passed well to the east of the home of John Davidson at Rural Hill (www.ruralhill.net). John Davidson (1735-1832), came to the Carolina backcountry from Pennsylvania at age 16, trained as a blacksmith. Plying that trade, he later established a foundry in Lincoln County with two sons-on-law and became a successful cotton farmer as well. He was active in civic affairs serving in the Colonial Assembly. But, when the time came for Liberty, he revealed himself a patriot. He signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775 at the Charlotte Courthouse and served as a major in the militia during the American Revolution. He lived to be 96. His daughter, Elizabeth, married William Lee Davidson, Jr., the son of notable General William Lee Davidson who was killed at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford in February 1781. (Ref: “The Davidsons of Rural Hill, The First Three Generations,” by James H. Williams and Ann Williams, Charlotte, NC, August 31. 2012, www.ruralhill.net)

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Detail from a painting of Rural Hill mansion by Clara Lawton

image courtesy of Historic Rural Hill, Inc.

In 1788, after the American Revolution, John Davidson built "a grand plantation home," Rural Retreat. It burned in 1886, leaving columns from the porch as ruins. The separate log kitchen, which did not burn, was improved and lived in by succeeding descendants. [View Additional File Details]

Historic Rural Hill scenes

Photography by Randell Jones

A replica of the original log home of John Davidson stands on the site of the original and serves to interpret the history of the era and the family for visitors. Historic Rural Hill is a working farm and agritourism site. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of events throughout the year including the traditional Scottish First Footin' on January 1, as well as a Scottish Festival in April, and Sheepdog Trials in November. Visit www.RuralHill,net for more information. During 2015, Historic Rural Hill is celebrating its 250th anniversary. [View Additional File Details]

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Randell Jones (www.danielboonefootsteps.com), “Historic Rural Hill,” Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, accessed January 20, 2020, http:/​/​bythewaywebf.​webfactional.​com/​omvt/​items/​show/​64.​
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