Historic Rural Hill

Today, this 265 acre historic farm boasts some of the last remaining rural vistas in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Rural Hill is open daily to the public and offers a variety of activities such as guided tours, educational programs for student groups, walking trails, and even hayrides with a prior reservation.

Some of the things you'll see when you visit Rural Hill are a reproduction of the first log cabin, the original plantation home ruins, smoke house, ash house, well house, barn, 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 black children are also located on the farm site. They serve as educational interpretive centers of early American education. The present Davidson home houses the museum and gift shop.

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Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday closed Closed: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, December 20-January 2, Christmas Day

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Historic Rural Hill

4431 Neck Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
704-875-3113 phone

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From Statesville or I-40 Heading South Toward Huntersville: Take I-77 South to Exit #25. (Huntersville) and turn RIGHT. (This is Highway #73). Go West on HWY #73 approximately 3 miles passing the Birkdale Village area. Turn LEFT on Beatties Ford Road. (Exxon gas station is on your left as you turn). Follow Beatties Ford Road approximately 3 miles passing Bradley Middle School on your right. Continue approximately 1 mile and turn RIGHT onto NECK ROAD. Note the Historical Rock Column and the sign “Rural Hill Plantation-Center of Scottish Heritage. Drive on Neck Road for approximately 2 miles, crossing McDowell Creek Bridge. Rural Hill Plantation is located on the RIGHT side just past the McDowell Creek Water Treatment Plant. Turn RIGHT into the SECOND ENTRANCE.

From Charlotte Heading North Toward Huntersville: Go North on I-77 to Exit #18. (Harris Blvd-Reames/Vance Rd). Turn LEFT and drive WEST passing Northlake Mall. Follow the Harris Blvd. approximately 1 mile until you come to a Traffic light which will be Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road. Turn LEFT, onto Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road and travel approximately 1 mile to Beatties Ford Road. Turn RIGHT onto Beatties Ford Road and drive NORTH approximately 3 miles. You will pass Hopewell High School located on your Right. Continue approximately ¼ mile and turn LEFT onto NECK ROAD. Note the Historical Rock Column and the sign “Rural Hill Plantation-Center of Scottish Heritage”. Drive on Neck Road for approximately 2 miles, crossing McDowell Creek Bridge. Rural Hill Plantation is located on the RIGHT side just past the McDowell Creek Water Treatment Plant. Turn RIGHT into the SECOND ENTRANCE.

From I-85 Heading South Toward Huntersville: Take Exit #55 (Huntersville). And turn RIGHT onto Highway #73/Davidson Highway. Go West on HWY #73 approximately 16 miles passing over I-77. Turn LEFT on Beatties Ford Road. (Exxon gas station is on your LEFT as you turn). Follow Beatties Ford Road approximately 3 miles passing Bradley Middle School on your left. Continue approximately 1 mile and turn RIGHT onto NECK ROAD. Note the Historical Rock Column and the sign “Rural Hill Plantation-Center of Scottish Heritage”. Drive on Neck Road for approximately 2 miles, crossing McDowell Creek Bridge. Rural Hill Plantation is located on the RIGHT side just past the McDowell Creek Water Treatment Plant. Turn RIGHT into the SECOND ENTRANCE.