Field Trip Adventure at Historic Rural Hill Gives Students History and Much More

Jerry Blackwelder

Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville just outside Charlotte is a unique field trip experience for any group of students. Here they will not only experience centuries of history brought to life, but also hone their skills in science, reading, creative thinking and math.

Today’s Rural Hill is a Mecklenburg County park consisting of 265 acres of land purchased by John Davidson in 1759. Davidson carved a thriving plantation out of forest land. He was also a significant figure in North Carolina history. He served as a major in the colonial militia and was one of the signers of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Six generations of Davidsons lived at Rural Hill.

During a guided tour of the Park, your students will learn that life in the backwoods of North Carolina in Davidson’s day was not easy. One of the most basic skills required of families living in pre-Colonial times was the ability to create an open fire to cook food.  Cookware was scarce, and meals were sometimes cooked by placing the food  near an open fire.  Your students will watch as a fire is made in an open hearth and inhale the aroma of food cooked over an open flame.  

They will also be fascinated by other aspects of Historic Rural Hill. Your class will

  • See the original eighteenth century well house and ash house
  • Hear the blacksmith’s hammer as he pounds and shapes metal
  • Watch as the woodworker plies his trade
  • In the background they may hear the crack of a militiaman’s musket
  • And they can see how their ancestors were educated in an early 20th century schoolhouse.

Want to Go?

Historic Rural Hill is located at 4431 Neck Road in Huntersville.  To plan your field trip or for more information visit or call (704) 875-3113.

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