Downtown Mocksville Historic District– In 1991, Downtown Mocksville was accepted into the Main Street Program, which is part of the National Register for Historic Places, and is designed to offer grassroots assistance to historic downtowns in their revitalization efforts. We were part of a pilot program especially designed for small downtowns with a population of less than 5,000.
In downtown Mocksville, antique, specialty and novelty gift shops occupy restored buildings, restaurants and offices are within easy strolling distance, and you can pause under the shade of our impressive four giant oak trees on the square. Visitors and residents enjoy the craftsmanship of artisans on the square or travel out to newer shopping areas. Small shops and home-style restaurants are tucked away throughout the county with treasures just waiting to be discovered.
The Davie County Courthouse is a neo-classical revival style building, erected in 1909 in downtown Mocksville. The courthouse and accompanying jail were built at a cost of approximately $40,000. (They were built where the old Davie Hotel once stood.) The original courthouse was built in 1839 and stood in the center of the Town Square. The Courthouse is located on Main Street in Mocksville.
The Cooleemee Plantation House was built 1853-1855 by Peter and Columbia Stuart Hairston, a sister of Civil War General J.E.B. Stuart. The site is one of the 33 National Historic Landmark sites in North Carolina. An Anglo-Grecian villa in the shape of a Greek cross, the house contains approximately 300,000 bricks made on site. The house is still owned and occupied by the Hairston family. The name came from the Kulimi Indian tribe that surrendered to Jesse Pearson at Cooleemee, Alabama in 1814 at the end of the War of 1812.
Fulton Methodist Church was erected in 1888 and reflects a mix of Italianate and Gothic revival style details. The church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is located in the Fork community on US Highway 801 South.
The Squire Boone Housesite was the 1829 birthplace of Hinton Rowan Helper. Helper was a Davie County man that held center stage in our history in the late 1850’s and whose book, The Impending Crisis of the South: How To Meet It was second to Uncle Tom’s Cabin as a literary work fueling the fires of secession and the Civil War. The house is one of the 33 National Historic Landmark sites in North Carolina.
A highway marker was placed at the Ferebee family homesite on Hwy. 64 West near Hunting Creek in honor of Col. Thomas A. Ferebee. The nearby bridge is also named for him. Col. Ferebee was the bombadier on the B-29 “Enola Gay” and dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 6, 1945.
While crossing Davie County on a rainy day, February 7, 1781, General Cornwallis’ British Army crossed Dutchman Creek in pursuit of American General Nathanael Greene. This was the main crossing of Dutchman Creek toward Yadkin County until the early 1900’s. The old roadbed and rock are still visible in the creek. Legend says that Cornwallis dubbed the area Pudding Ridge because the quantity and thickness of the mud his army had to travel through was like pudding. There is a sign marking the crossing on Pudding Ridge Golf Course.
The Pearson Graveyard, dating to the early 1700’s, was recently reclaimed from the surrounding forest by local volunteers. With extensive research by a group of Wake Forest University students, grave markers have been returned to or placed at their original sites.
Davie County Historic Sites in the National Register of Historic Places
- Boxwood Lodge
- Center Arbor
- Jesse Clement House
- Cooleemee Plantation
- Davie County Courthouse
- Former Davie County Jail
- Downtown Mocksville Historic District
- Foard-Tatum House
- Fulton United Methodist Church
- Hinton Rowan Helper House
- McGuire-Setzer House
- North Main Street Historic District
- Salisbury Street Historic District
- John Edward Bell Shutt House
- The Cana Store
- The WinMock Barn
- Farmington Historic District