“Farm-to-Table” Rehearsal Dinner

The ever so popular, healthy and delicious way of eating fresh local foods is making a break-through in wedding foods and rehearsal dinners.  The support-the-local-farmer movement is ever rising in restaurants and with caterers nation wide giving brides many farm-to-fork options when choosing the meals they’ll offer their guests on that Big Day.  Not only do you want your wedding and rehearsal dinner guests to remember all the details that you poured your blood, sweat and tears into, you want your special weekend to show your guests who you are as a newly united couple.

Imagine the “wow” you can expect from your rehearsal dinner guests as they pull up to Rural Hill’s 265-acre farm and seat themselves in our beautiful Cultural Center venue for a farm-to-table meal from your favorite caterer that, like you,  supports the local food movement.  Trendy restaurants can certainly provide a great place for gathering all of your closest friends and family members the night before you say “I Do”, however, why not give them the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the history, beauty and serenity that Rural Hill can offer?  Show them the Piedmont North Carolina that existed 250 years ago – because it still exists here.  And what better way to say “I support local…”?


Weddings 12 days a Month!

So many brides believe that Saturday is THE DAY to have a wedding …and I’ll admit it, I was married on a Saturday.  But Saturdays book fast throughout the year in the Cultural Center at Rural Hill just like they do at any reputable venue.  Solution?  How about considering a wedding on a Friday or a Sunday?  Many venues, including our own, has lower rental rates on Fridays and Sundays while expanding your wedding date options from 4 days a month to 12 days a month!  Want a specific weekend because of perfect weather or peak fall leaves?  I’ve now provided you with a solution when that perfect weekend already has a Saturday booked.  Feel free to thank me later.  :o)

Take a look at one of our recent Sunday weddings!

Then and Now …The Story Behind the Cultural Center at Rural Hill

Along with the many people who know and love Rural Hill and its rich culture, there are many folks that don’t know a thing about it.  So here’s a brief summary of who, what, and when of Rural Hill and our beautiful Cultural Center.


In 1761 John Davidson, a blacksmith and American born son to Scottish immigrants married Violet Wilson, daughter of the wealthy Samuel Wilson.  In 1765 John purchased 250 acres from his father-in-law near McDowell Creek.  This is what formed the nucleus of Rural Hill.  Over the following 200 years Rural Hill transitioned from one of the largest and most prosperous plantations in Mecklenburg County to a small family farm.  In 1989, after 5 generations of continuous Davidson ownership, the land was sold to Mecklenburg County by Elizabeth, John Springs, and May Davidson, the last surviving direct descendents of John Davidson.  In 2011 May Davidson, the last surviving descendent of John Davidson passed on.  She left funds to be used for “building and/or maintenance of a cultural center dedicated to preserving and celebrating Scottish Heritage”.  Her generous gift enabled Historic Rural Hill to construct the Cultural Center at Rural Hill.

Ground was broken for the new Cultural Center at the Rural Hill annual “First Footin” on January 1, 2012.  The Center was dedicated during the next “First Footin” on January 1, 2013.

The Cultural Center contains the 2,000+ square-foot May Davidson Hall, a large multi-purpose space, and the Rural Hill Scottish Heritage Library.


Great story, right??  Not only can you experience the beauty that is Rural Hill, but the culture and history that we have to offer will truly set your event apart from all the rest!