Explore Davidson

Tara Boucher  |  August 10, 2022


Explore Davidson

Davidson College

Davidson College was established in 1837 as a liberal arts college that has since shown to be the staple of the town of Davidson. Its 1,700 students come from almost every state in the nation and many foreign countries.  With a highly selective admissions process and NCAA Division I athletics, Davidson College is a diverse, historical and prestigious campus. Davidson College is over 170 years old, so there are many buildings and features of the campus that date back to its early days and provide a great history of the school. The “Old Quad” is perhaps the most historic part of the campus maintaining four of the oldest buildings. With continuing renovations and numerous historical buildings, the Davidson campus is a great mix of a charming past and a promising future.

Davidson Ice House

Davidson Ice House is a family owned and operated restaurant in what was once the town's icehouse. Built in 1922, the building is packed full of historic charm, from exposed brick walls, to steel girder beams, to the original wide pine floors. Historic icehouse turned modern restaurant in Davidson, NC is serving up burgers, sandwiches, bowls and more!

Davidson Wine Company

Nestled in the historic business district, the Davidson Wine Company is located in what was once an organ making shop. You will see the rich history reflected throughout the space.

Offering a wide selection of whites, reds, specialty, and sangria wines. They look forward to offering you a warm and inviting spot for enjoying wine while spending time with friends and family. Join them for wine tasting, wine drinking, bottling parties, and more!

Pickled Peach

The Pickled Peach is a fun place for lunch and dinner, serving simple, honest food that tastes great. They offer a changing menu of handcrafted sandwiches, soups and salads with meats roasted in-house and vegetables grown by local farmers. You'll find gluten free and vegetarian options, alongside delicious homemade cookies and cakes, carefully selected artisan groceries and take-away dinners.

The Soda Shop

Opened in 1951 across from Davidson College, The Soda Shop has been a tradition with students, locals and visitors. It is an original and one of the last of a vanishing era. If you crave nostalgia or want to drift back to your college days or childhood, this is the place. The walls may not talk, but they tell a story of the history of the restaurant and customers.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, choose from many local favorites including omelets, pancakes, french toast, burgers, warps, sandwiches, shakes, and more!


Downtown Davidson offers many unique shops & boutiques. Primarily located on Main Street, the shops are all very walkable and pedestrian-friendly. Dog bowls are provided outside of many stores and free parking can be found almost anywhere.

Davidson Provision Company

Clothing and outdoor gear retailer.

Grow - A Plant Shop

A boutique with a wide selection of plants, candles, beauty products, and more.

MINE by Sandy

Women's clothing and accessory boutique.

The Jewel Box

Jewelry store offering a wide variety of accessories, apparel, and unique gifts.

The Village Store

Gift shop and boutique, one the staples in Davidson.

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