Davidson County Historical Museum
Old Courthouse on the Square
2 South Main Street
Lexington NC 27292
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
THE H. LEE WATERS PHOTOGRAPHY GALLERY is now OPEN
A WEBSITE devoted to Waters' long career has been created
Beginning in 1926, H. Lee Waters captured local community life during a period of unprecedented change......from the Great Depression, through the WWII years, and on to the post-war manufacturing boom. The new Gallery has about 40 large black & white prints on display. Primarily from the 1930s and 40s, these images show life in our community during his first two decades as a professional photographer.
The Museum has also created a new website devoted to the H. Lee Waters Photography Collection. The site can be visited at this address: www.hleewaters-photography.com. You can subscribe to the site to receive a notice when the site is updated!
Along with his noted silent films, "MOVIES OF LOCAL PEOPLE," Waters is considered a significant American photographer, and one we are proud to call our own!
Duke University has digitized Waters film collection (1936-1942), and films from Lexington, Thomasville and Denton are now available for viewing, along with those from many other communities.
The Museum has added Saturday hours to our schedule. We are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM to 4 PM & Saturday, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Plan to visit by reading about our “Featured Exhibits” or review content from past exhibits (“Davidson County History”). Use our new menus to find information about the Old Courthouse, our tours and programs, and books and publications available for purchase. You can learn about this area’s development from prehistoric times through the 18th century frontier settlement period. The story continues as our Courthouses become the seat of local government and the center of civic and community life. Davidson County’s transition from an agriculture based economy into a manufacturing center based on two industries – cotton mills and furniture factories – moves our story to the present day, including recent changes in our economic base.
You can access our on-line book store and purchase publications about the Old Courthouse, early settlement period, the Civil War, and Davidson County’s participation in World War II, both at home and abroad. Our newest publication is the companion book for our current exhibit, written by Jim Daniel, and tells the little known history of the earliest inhabitants of the area that is now Davidson County.
The Museum is located in the 1858 Davidson County Courthouse on the Square in Lexington, NC, one of the few historic buildings in the area open to the public. Information on this iconic landmark is available on this website, as well as our 2008 publication, “The Best We Ever Saw: The Early Courthouses of Davidson County, North Carolina.”
You can also learn how to use our permanent collections as you do your own research on local history. The collection has images, artifacts and archival materials that relate to Davidson County, North Carolina - a total of nearly 30,000 items. It is made available to the public through our exhibits, this website, and (by special arrangement) as a study and research collection. Our staff is always available to assist you with your inquires about local history, and can refer you to other resources and points of interest in the county, such as the Genealogy Room at the Lexington and Thomasville branches of the Public
Here is a listing of the information contained in this site. Use the menus at the left of the page to find exactly what you are
Native Americans of the Yadkin Valley
History of Old Davidson County Courthouse
Taken Up- Slavery in Davidson County
The Doctor Will See You Now
Segregation and "Jim Crow"
Davidson County History
Settlement of Yadkin Valley
World War II
Donating to the Collection