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  • Monument Name

    Major John Davidson Memorial Wall, Huntersville

  • Type

    Wall

  • Subjects

    Revolutionary War, 1775-1783

  • Creator

    Mr. Brown, Builder

  • City

    Huntersville

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The memorial wall to Major John Davidson was constructed from rocks taken from the foundation of his Rural Hill Plantation house that had burned in 1886 and the Catawba River. The wall was constructed in layers of different colored stones. The bottom layer is of dark stone, the second layer of light stone, and another layer of dark stone with a thinner top layer of smaller light colored stones. Two stone pillars with an iron gate form the entrance. Each pillar is topped with a large white rock. A large pillar, also topped with a white rock, forms each corner and the wall rises as it nears the outside corners. Outside of the wall at its right corner (when facing entrance) stand two boulders, one stacked upon the other, to which a bronze plaque is attached. In relief at the top of the plaque is a tree holding a hornet’s nest with hornets buzzing. Below is the inscription along with the insignia of the Sons of the American Revolution. At the bottom is a larger hornet’s nest attached to a tree branch with hornets in flight. The wall was the project of E.L. Baxter Davidson who in 1923 undertook the project of restoring and landscaping the Davidson family cemetery.

    Images: Cemetery entrance | View towards graves

  • Inscription

    THIS WALL ERECTED / IN MEMORY / OF / MAJOR JOHN DAVIDSON / A SIGNER OF / THE MECKLENBURG DECLARATION / OF INDEPENDENCE / MAY 20TH, 1775 / AND HIS WIFE / VIOLET WILSON DAVIDSON / AND THEIR DESCENDANTS / ERECTED BY / EDWARD LEE BAXTER DAVIDSON

    HOMESTEAD BUILT 1788 – BURNED 1886

  • Custodian

    The Davidson Family Trust

  • Dedication Date

    1923

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.383520 , -80.948810 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "MAJ John Davidson," Find a Grave, findagrave.com, (accessed January 25, 2017) Link

      Barefoot, Daniel W. Touring North Carolina’s Revolutionary War Sites (Winston Salem, NC: John F. Blair Publisher, 1998), 174-175

      “Davidson Family Cemetery,” Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, www.cmstory.org, (accessed January 23, 2017) Link

      “E.L. Baxter Davidson House,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, (accessed January 11, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Stone and masonry, iron gate

  • Sponsors

    Edward Lee Baxter Davidson

  • Subject Notes

    Rural Hill serves as a historic site, nature preserve, farm and location for cultural events. It was the 1760 homestead of Major John Davidson, a Revolutionary War hero and signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Several porch columns are all that remain of the brick plantation house which burned in 1886 although many other buildings from the period remain and are in use by the historic site. Rural Hill is also home to The Bethesda Schoolhouse, one of the area’s first African-American schools built in 1900.
    Edward Lee Baxter Davidson was proud of his ancestry and also placed and paid for several markers in the Charlotte area to relatives who were prominent during the American Revolution including General William Lee Davidson and Major John Davidson. He was a member of the North Carolina Historical Society and served as a District Vice President of the Sons of the American Revolution.

  • Location

    The cemetery where the wall is located is part of the Rural Hill Historic site at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville, NC. The cemetery entrance is across the street from and west of the historic site entrance.

  • Landscape

    The memorial wall is surrounded by a well-maintained lawn and beautifully designed landscape.

  • Death Space

    Yes

  • Post Dedication Use

    Burials still occur at the cemetery

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