Founded in 1822, Davidson County, which was originally a portion of Rowan County and covers an area of 567 square miles. The county seat is Lexington. Davidson County was named after Brigadier General William Lee Davidson who was an American Revolutionary War general killed during the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, which was fought on the Catawba River in 1781.
A portion of the Uwharrie National Forest is located within the boundaries of Davidson County, and a portion of the Yadkin Valley wine region is also located within Davidson County. Davidson County, NC is famous for its annual festivals. One of those being the Lexington Barbecue Festival held in Lexington every year in the month of October and bringing with it over 100,000 visitors from all areas of the southeastern United States. The annual Davidson County Agricultural Fair is held in September. The longest running festival in the entire state of North Carolina is held in Thomasville called Everybody’s Day. In Denton Farm Park you will find the Southeastern Old Threshers Reunion every year.
Along with the many festivals and attractions to be found in Davidson County, there is one that has significant legends attached to it. It is the Boone’s Cave Park, where the legend has it that Daniel Boone hid from the Indians in this cave.
Probably the most infamous symbol of all of Davidson County is The Big Chair, which sits in the middle of Thomasville replicating the world famous furniture industry. You will recognize the furniture being from the area as it is labeled with the infamous Thomasville Furniture label. So when you are buying furniture and you see the name Thomasville then you will know that it was made in Davidson County, NC.