Hours & Admission
VISITING RURAL HILL
Retreat as it was first established was the home of Major John and Violet
Davidson. John Davidson served in the American Revolution and was one of the
original signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. The small
homestead ultimately developed into a thriving plantation. It became known
as one of the "Jewels of the Catawba River Valley".
this 265 acre historic farm boasts some of the last remaining rural vistas
in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Rural Hill is open Monday-Saturday to
the public and offers a variety of activities such as guided tours, educational programs,
walking trails, and even hayrides with a prior reservation. There are also
special events throughout the year.
the things you'll see when you visit Rural Hill is a reproduction of the
type of home John and Violet first lived, the original plantation home
ruins, smoke house, ash house, well house, barn, chicken shed and granary.
At the base of the hill rest the family members of Rural Hill in the
Davidson family cemetery. Two of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in
Mecklenburg County for white and African American children, the Davidson Schoolhouse and the Bethesda
Schoolhouse are also located on the Rural Hill property. They serve as educational
interpretive centers of early American education.
Historic Site and Tours Hours & Admission
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
OPEN MOST SATURDAYS: CALL 704-875-3113 FOR CONFIRMATION
| Adults 13 and
| Children age 5-12
| Children 4
Please note SPECIAL EVENTS have different dates,
times, and admission prices from regular daily hours and admission
prices listed above. Please check each Special Event page for detailed
information. Thank you.
Rural Hill is a restoration in progress. In making your plans, be aware
that this has been and still is a working farm. The grounds of the present
site extend 265 acres. However, the main part of your tour is located around
the main farm house and outbuildings which are in close proximity of one
Improving accessibility while maintaining historical accuracy is an
important part of our preservation plans at Rural Hill.
We do request that you take extra care in planning your visit for the
elderly and children and those who have difficulty walking. Wearing good
comfortable walking shoes and wearing clothing appropriate for the weather
will help make your visit all the more enjoyable.
Handicapped parking and restroom facilities are available.
ATV and other 3-4 wheel
motorized vehicles are not permitted on Rural Hill property
Horseback riding and
horses are not permitted on Rural Hill property, unless they are
used for special events and have proper authorization from the Rural Hill staff.
Camping is not
permitted on Rural Hill property
Thank you. We hope you enjoy your visit.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Historic Rural Hill is home to many special events there is plenty to
see and do when the grounds of this historic site are peaceful.
Rural Hill has
eight historic structures on site which includes two unique historic
one-room schoolhouses, and three additional buildings of historic likeness
to the original farm, which are used for interpretive educational purposes
during living history events and educational programs.
We also have
walking trails which you are invited to bring your family, friends, and pets
to hike. You can begin your journey back in time down the old Mill Lane, an
historic road that dates back to when John and Violet Davidson and others
used it to come and go at Rural Hill.
As you head
off down the road you will fade away into the nature trails that surround
this magnificent 265 acre historic setting. You’ll walk up and down hills,
cross creeks, and come out across the fields of the farm.
continue to the Davidson Schoolhouse and beyond if you choose to continue
your hike, or you can make your way by the Rural Hill Burying Ground and then back to the main house.
Historic Rural Hill is indeed one of the most relaxing and enjoyable places in
Mecklenburg County where one can simply get away from the modern world and
take in the tranquil beauty of nature.
Admission is required to enter the site
are allowed on site.
We simply ask that you clean up after you have enjoyed your picnic.
allowed, but please clean up after them. See Pet Policy.