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Davidson County Genealogy

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The county was formed in 1822 from Rowan County. It was named after William Lee Davidson, an American Revolutionary War general killed at Cowan’s Ford on the Catawba River in 1781.

One of the two major styles of North Carolina barbecue originated in Lexington, the county seat. Therefore, many Lexington-style barbecue restaurants are found throughout the county. Some include Lexington BBQ (“Honeymonk’s”), The BBQ Center, Jimmy’s, Whitley’s, Smokey Joe’s, Backcountry, Speedy’s, Smiley’s, Tarheel Q, Stamey’s, John Wayne’s BBQ, Kerley’s, Welcome BBQ, and Cook’s.

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The county seat of Davidson County is Lexington. Davidson County is divided into the following townships: Abbotts Creek, Alleghany, Arcadia, Boone, Conrad Hill, Cotton Grove, Emmons, Hampton, Healing Spring, Jackson Hill, Lexington, Midway, Reedy Creek, Silver Hill, Thomasville, Tyro, and Yadkin College. Davidson County is also part of the Yadkin Valley Wine Region.

Lexington hosts a yearly Barbecue (BBQ) festival in October of each year. Also the Southeastern Old Threshers reunion is held yearly in the Denton Farmpark and Everybody’s Day Festival is held in Thomasville. Boone’s Cave Park, Mrs. Hanes Moravian Cookie Factory, Denton Farm Park, the North Carolina Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Davidson County Historical Museum, the Richard Childress Racing Museum and Childress Vineyards are all points of interest in Davidson County. Also, there is a big chair located in downtown Thomasville that is a symbol of the world-recognized furniture industry of this area. High Rock Lake is located in Davidson county and is the 2nd largest lake in North Carolina. Davidson County was home to Wilmer “Vinegar Blend” Mizell former professional baseball player and Congressman.

Davidson County NCGenweb site

Genealogical Society of Davidson County
P.O. Box 1665
Lexington, NC 27293-1665


Davidson County Courthouse
PO Box 1067
County Courthouse
Lexington, NC 27293


1830 Federal Census Index This is more of an index than anything else, it gives last name, first name and page number.


USGS listing of cemeteries in Davidson County

Cemetery Transcriptions

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Cities and towns of Davidson County:

Cotton Grove
Erwin Heights
Healing Springs
Hedrick Grove
High Rock
Holly Grove
Jacksons Creek
Lexington (County Seat)
New Hope Academy
Reeds Cross Roads
Reedy Creek
Silver Valley
South Lexington
Yadkin College

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