We Had a Whale of a Hike!

Posted on 14. Nov, 2012 by in Recent News

The Runneymede Homeowners Association recently hosted a hike of their common area for members of Davidson Lands Conservancy and Davidson Historical Society.  The fifty-acre property has been enjoyed and studied by Davidson College students and others for most of the last century and includes rich, mature woods, both banks of the Rocky River, and massive rock features, including “Whale Rock”, which is the largest granitic outcropping in Cabarrus County.

Close to the Whale Rock is the remnant of an 18th or 19th century grist mill dam in the channel of the Rocky River.  Dams and grist mills were once common throughout the region, and were critical to the economic development of the area before the Civil War.  This dam ruin is one of the few surviving artifacts of pre-Civil War industry in Mecklenburg County, and is potentially a future Historic Landmark.

Interpreters for the hike — which had over 50 participants – were Stewart Gray of the Mecklenburg Historic Properties Commission and Dr. David Grant, retired ecology professor.

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