Lake Norman, Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson
Completed in the 1960's, Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina. Connecting 11 reservoirs in the Catawba River built by Duke Power to supply energy to new industries in the growing region. It was named for Norman Atwater Cocke, a longtime Duke Power company president. Lake Norman is host to three power stations: Cowans Ford Hydroelectric Station, Marshall Steam Plant - Duke Power's second largest coal-burning plant, and McGuire Nuclear Station.
Today Lake Norman offers a variety of Lake Front communities, with lots of charm. It has been a magnite for growth, with much of the growth on non-lake front property. A vibrant community, with access to shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities.
Cornelius was established in 1905 and originated as a mill and farm community. Originally incorporated as ‘Liverpool', the town's name was changed to Cornelius to honor Joseph Benjamin Cornelius. When Lake Norman was formed, Cornelius added 54 miles of shoreline. Today, Cornelius is a laid-back town offering unique attractions, restaurants, lakeside parks and shopping.
Davidson is a charming, Southern college town. Davidson was founded in 1837, with the establishment of Davidson College which remains a vital part to the town's identity today. In 2011, Davidson was awarded its first Tree City USA designation. Davidson one of just 72 communities in North Carolina and just 3,000 nationwide to receive the award. In 2004, Davidson was a Smart Growth Award winner for Overall Excellence in town planning and design, the main street of Davidson offers a variety of shops, restaurants, wide sidewalks and a public library. Davidson is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, so take a walk around the town and enjoy Davidson's more than 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes, parks, national arboretum, and beautiful flowers throughout town.
Davidson has long been known among residents and visitors as pedestrian-friendly, in September 2011 Davidson was given official recognition for that reputation as a walk friendly community.
Incorporated in 1873, Huntersville has grown from a small, mill town, to a new, dynamic area combining retail and residential areas with historic cultural attractions. Home to diverse attractions and entertainment, shopping, NASCAR and natural parks, Huntersville has something for everyone! The town's historic sites include the historic homesteads Rural Hill and Latta Plantation. Visitors can tour the sites and explore the beautiful grounds and nature preserves. Huntersville is a destination for shopping and dinning. Birkdale Village offers shopping, dining and entertainment, with its colorful buildings, bubbling fountains and beautiful gardens.
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