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Rural Hill Retreat

 Item — Oversize Box: 1 [F09.024.05.01], Folder: 1

Scope and Contents

John & Violet Davidson's first home was a two room log cabin they called Rural Retreat. The cabin stood for 135 years, eventually growing to eight rooms. Unfortunately, there are no known photographs of the structure. It burned in 1898. Major John Davidson who settled in the Piedmont of NC in 1760. Davidson was a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence in 1775 and served in the Mecklenburg County militia during the American Revolution. This is a photograph of a sketch of the Retreat as depicted by Anne Sinclair.


  • 1775 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


From the Collection: 2 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated