Welcome to Under Lake Norman. This project is part of the world of crowdsourcing–where archives and special collections create opportunities for community members to share their skills and knowledge.
For this project, we are looking for images and information about structures or locations that went underwater when the lake waters rose in 1963. Below is an interactive map that includes sites we have identified to date either through historical research or public submissions.
Help us fill in the map by sending in digital copies of photographs or writing up accounts of places that are now under the lake. As we build the site, we are including pictures and extended essays describing the sites and their historical significance.
We realize that it is not always possible to determine the exact location of historical sites–particularly once they are under water–so, in some cases, the placement will be approximate.
Submitted locations/sites are added to the map periodically (about once per week), so the list will grow as the project proceeds.
If you are curious about where our information has come from, visit our acknowledgments page (a list of people who have shared information for the project) and our bibliography page (a list of the resources we have used in researching various items on the map).
For additional stories we have gathered about the creation of Lake Norman from magazines and interviews, check out our Under Lake Norman Stories page.
If you would like to submit a historical site for addition to the Under Lake Norman map, please visit the Under Lake Norman Map page.
|Site Name||Site Type||Picture|
|John Abernathy Grave||Historic Site – Cemetery|
|Baker Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery|
|Beatty’s Ford||Historic Event – Exploration||No picture available|
|Beatties Ford Bridge||Structure – Bridge|
|Blythe Family Farm||Historic Site – Farm||No picture available|
|Buffalo Shoals Bridge||Structure – Bridge|
|Caldwell Family Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|Camp Fellowship||Historic Site – Camp|
|Cedar Grove (Johnson) Plantation||Building – Plantation House||No picture available|
|Clark Family Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|Cornelius Family Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|Site of the Battle of Cowan’s Ford||Historic Event – Battle|
|Davidson College Lake Campus||New Site|
|Flemming Family Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|Home Site of George Davidson||Building – Pioneer Home||No picture available|
|Hunters Chapel M. E. Zion Church Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|Little Family Cemetery||Historic Site – Cemetery||No picture available|
|East Monbo Mill and Village||Building – Mill|
|Elm Wood (Graham) Plantation||Building – Plantation House|
|Old Highway 150 Bridge||Structure – Bridge|
|Long Island Mill and Village||Building – Mill|
|Long Island Mill Dam||Structure – Dam|
|McConnell Plantation Home Site||Building – Pioneer Home||No picture available|
|John Oliphant’s Grist Mill||Building – Mill||No picture available|
|Sherrill’s Ford||Historic Event – Exploration|
|Unity Church Road Bridge||Structure – Bridge||No picture available|
|Home Site of Moses White||Building – Pioneer Home||No picture available|