Lake Norman: Statesville, Hiddenite, Mooresville & More

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Lake Norman: Statesville, Hiddenite, Mooresville & More

Emerald Hollow Mine in Hiddenite

Get a glimpse of North Carolina’s interconnected moonshine and racing legacy on a visit to the headquarters of the Bill Elliott NASCAR team (Evernham Motorsports, LLC) in Statesville at the Evernham Motorsports Museum and Gift Shop. The museum offers a historical tour through the careers of Ray Evernham, Bill Elliott, Jeremy Mayfield and Kasey Kahne.

Next, visit Images at the Crossroads, a Ben Long fresco at the Statesville Civic Center in historic downtown Statesville. Learn about the 1911 Historic Statesville Depot or shop and dine in some of North Carolina’s most unique boutiques and restaurants.

Just a few miles from Statesville is Hiddenite, home to the Emerald Hollow Mine where visitors can search for fine gemstones. Also stop by the Hiddenite Center (Lucas House), a three-story Victorian mansion housing various collections and art galleries as well as a toy and doll collection.

Home to many of auto racing's top programs, Mooresville is a prime destination for any race fan. Spend the day touring race shops, including Dale Earnhardt Inc., JR Motorsports, Penske Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports, many of which offer viewing rooms where you can watch crew members working on the cars, or explore the history of auto racing in one of our auto museums. In Mooresville, you can also experience the Lazy 5 Ranch drive-through safari which takes you through gently sloping pastures as you meet more than 700 animals from six continents in a natural habitat.

Not only is Lake Norman a draw for outdoor enthusiasts, it's also ideal for history buffs. Nestled on the banks of Lake Norman are the towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville.

A tour of Huntersville’s Latta Plantation Nature Preserve includes the circa 1800 Latta Plantation, the Nature Center, Equestrian Center and Carolina Raptor Center.

Drop by Cornelius Town Hall to visit the Heritage Hall exhibit. Based on the book A Town by Any Other Name by Leslie Rindoks, Heritage Hall provides a tangible overview of the town’s history.

Historic Rural Hill Farm in Huntersville was the home of Major John Davidson, American patriot and signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. Today the 265 acre historic plantation stands as a memorial to early American agriculture and has become a cultural center for Scottish heritage.

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