How would you like to get lost in a giant corn maze, learn a bit of local history and help preserve the historic 1760 homestead “Rural Hill” located right here in Huntersville Lake Norman all at the same time? I remember hearing something about a corn maze but I had no idea it was in Huntersville until I read a recent article in the Charlotte Observer! Okay, so let me break this down for you all newcomers and transplants:
- Getting lost in a giant corn maze: The idea is to start at the bottom of the field and work your way through a maze cut out of a field of corn to the other side. As you can see above, this year’s theme for the maze is Land of Liberty and features the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
- Learn a bit of local history: Rural Hill is the historic 265-acre homestead of Major John and Violet Davidson a descendent of Scottish immigrants who joined the Patriotic cause during the American Revolution. Rural Hill grew to be one of the most prosperous plantations in the piedmont Carolinas. 6 Generations of the Davidson family lived at Rural Hill for more than 230 years. “Their fascinating stories are here for you to learn and appreciate”.
- Help preserve the historic Rural Hill: The Catawba Valley Scottish Society, which is the steward of this historic farm, is in the process of restoring the 265 acres of majestic rural vistas, 11 historic and reconstructed buildings, a variety of farm animals, and walking trails throughout the site.
Did you know that the historic corridor that runs from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Carolina to the Atlantic Coast in South Carolina was one of the most significant corridors of Scots and Scots-Irish settlements in Colonial America? And, the Carolinas are still home to one of the highest concentrations of people of Scottish or Scottish-Irish decent in the U.S. Well, it just happens that I am about one-fourth Scottish and my husband is half Irish so perhaps we will meet some distant relatives here one day!
The “Amazing Maize Maze” opens today in Huntersville and will be open 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Thursday-Sunday through October 21st. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, military and children 15-17, and $6 for ages 5-14. Children 4 and under are free. There are also two Moonlight Mazes on August 31 and September 28th. For more information go to www.ruralhill.net. The maze is just one of the group’s events, along with the Loch Norman Highland Games in April and the Sheep Dog Trials in November.