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  Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Huntersville NC
History

Dr. Dan Morrill
Professor of History
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
April 6, 1987




On balance, Hopewell Presbyterian Church retains the overall atmosphere or ambience of its initial rural setting. Contributing substantially to this reality is the church’s magnificent graveyard, the oldest portion of which is situated to the south and southwest of the church building. Located therein are the graves of some of Mecklenburg;s most illustrious pioneers, such as James Latta, owner of nearby Latta Place Plantation, Hugh Torrance of Cedar Grove Plantation, and, perhaps most significantly, American Revolutionary War hero and martyr, General William Lee Davidson, who was killed at the Battle of Cowan’s Ford, February 1, 1781, and brought to Hopewell the following night for burial.

A particularly interesting landscape feature of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church site was erected by E.L. Baxter Davidson. Upon learning that the stones from an existing wall were about to be used in paving Beatties Ford Road, Davidson employed these and other rocks to construct a more permanent arrangement of walls, steps, and entryways.

In addition to its historical significance, Hopewell Presbyterian Church continues to be an active, vibrant Christian congregation. Indeed, its prospects for growth are substantial, because the area surrounding the church, still open land for the most part, is coming under intense developmental pressure.

 


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