Denver, North Carolina is a small southern town located at the east end of Lincoln County in western North Carolina. The area is rich with history that follows the development of the United States from it's beginnings through to the present.
The history of the area dates back to before the revolutionary war to a time when the Catawba Indians lived along the eastern banks of the river that still bears their name, and the Cherokee Indians lived to the west. The first bold pioneers known to settle this area were Adam Sherrill and his 8 sons, who migrated from Pennsylvania in 1747, and John Beatty who settled here in 1749. Both the Sherrills and Beatty settled along the west bank of the Catawba near shoals in the river that made it possible to cross. These crossing points or "fords" were thereafter referred to as "Sherrill's Ford" and "Beattie's Ford", names that still live on in the area to this day. The early settlers of the area were primarily Scotch-Irish and Germans that came from the north. By 1750 a Scotch-Irish settlement covered both banks of the Catawba river.
The recent growth of Charlotte has fueled tremendous development of the areas surrounding Lake Norman. The lake has become a very popular recreation spot, attracting thousands of visitors every year for fishing, swimming and boating. Interstate route 77 runs along the east side of the lake and, because of the fast and easy access to Charlotte, the lake's east side has developed very quickly. Where small summer cottages and pine forests stood only a few short years ago, million dollar homes now sit and look out over the water.
The west side of the lake, where Denver is located, has typically been quieter, with a "laid-back" and "easy-going" atmosphere. The town has centered around the old post office and stretches north and south along highway 16. Denver is probably best known for the historic Rock Springs Camp Meeting, an annual religious gathering that has been continued for over 207 years and held in Denver since 1830. Even today Denver maintains the appeal of a quiet and relaxed little town, but with future plans to widen route 16 from Charlotte to Hickory, development has begun to hasten. New homes and businesses are suddenly popping up throughout the area and several large development projects are underway. With a location that offers easy access to Charlotte and Hickory, yet still let's you feel away from it all with beautiful lake views and a small town atmosphere, it's no wonder that the area is predicted to grow quickly in the coming years. People are beginning to discover the charm of the "other side of the lake" and in particular, Denver.
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Updated: 22nd July, 2019 1:24 PM.