Norman, North Carolina.
Norman was created in 1963 when Duke Power Co. dammed the Catawba
River to fuel its hydroelectric power plants. The lake was named
for Norman Cocke, former Duke Power president. Lake Norman covers
32,500 surface miles with 520 miles of shoreline touching the
4 counties of Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln and Catawba. This
area is located in the gently rolling Piedmont Plateau in the
south-central portion of North Carolina. It sits halfway between
the mountains and the coast - an easy drive for a short, or long,
four-season climate is moderate, with average temperatures ranging
from 30° to 90°. Average annual precipitation totals approximately
43 inches. Snow is infrequent with little or no accumulation.
The primary weather-makers for the Carolinas are warm moist air
from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and the cool, dry
air that moves down the North American continent. Weather forecasters
say that the elevation rise from Charlotte (737 feet) to the foothills
(1500) and the resulting temperature decrease, makes storm predictions
an iffy science. A degree or two mean the difference between snow,
sleet, freezing rain or just cold rain.
the 1960's and 1970's there were just a few full-time residents
and weekend visitors to the lake. In the late 70's lots of city
people began moving here for a different school system and lower
taxes. The real boom was in the mid 1980's though, when Charlotte
began attracting national companies and highly paid corporate
executives. Today, most of the 520 miles of shoreline is private
property. Some of the public areas include Jetton Park in Cornelius,
and Duke Power State Park in Troutman.
past two decades have seen a development explosion of luxury and
middle-class housing. It's million-dollar homes and huge yachts
reflect the region's prosperity. Gone are the days of modest homes,
farms, textile mills and mom-and-pop restaurants.
year thousands move here to enjoy boating, water skiing, swimming
and other outdoor activities. Doctors, lawyers, professional athletes,
NASCAR drivers, investment bankers, affluent retirees and other
executives are among the many who call the lake home.
closer you get to the lake, the more expensive the houses become.
Homes often feature home theaters, extra kitchens, elaborate balconies,
terraces, patios and porches that capitalize on the waterfront
views. The lawns are perfectly groomed with well-tended flower
gardens, often with a fountain. The Peninsula, in Cornelius, features
a golf course designed by pro golfer Greg Norman. Some of the
priciest homes are found at "The Point", in Mooresville,
with some topping 3 million.
the areas around the water are modern & new, it seems all
the small towns just beyond that have managed to retain that small,
older "home town" feel. The history-happy towns of Huntersville,
Cornelius, Davidson, Mooresville, Denver and Sherrills Ford and
Troutman believe in preserving Main Street districts with storefront
windows and wide sidewalks.
higher population has also attracted more stores, restaurants
and hotels. Growth has created some traffic congestion. Plans
are being finalized for the widening of Catawba Ave. (Hwy 73)
and I-77. A commuter light-rail train from Mooresville or Davidson
to Charlotte is on the drawing board and could become reality
just 20 minutes to the south, is the largest city in the Carolinas.
It is the 2nd largest banking center in the U.S. with the headquarters
for Bank of America and First Union/Wachovia.
is a major distribution point in the southeast for freight trains,
trucking and air cargo. Other contributors to the area's economy
include construction, insurance, real estate, textiles, transportation,
utilities, printing, educational and medical employment and the
wholesale, retail and service industries.
mill closings, companies moving to other countries and a diversified
economy, the Charlotte region remains one of the world's top textile
manufacturers. We also continue to grow as a technology center.
The region remains a place where many lives revolve first around
church. Houses of worship represent Southern Baptists, Roman Catholics,
United Methodists, Presbyterians, Jews, Muslims and thousands
of people of other faiths.
sports teams include the Hornets & Sting (basketball) and
the Panthers (football). NASCAR is huge, as most of the teams
and drivers are based in the area. Also, there's the Charlotte
Checkers minor-league hockey team and the Charlotte Knights minor-league
you enjoy college basketball, you couldn't be in a better place,
and if you're a golfer, there are over 25 courses to choose from
in the counties surrounding the lake.
the area's recreational attractions are: Paramount's Carowinds
Theme Park; Discovery Place, a hands-on educational museum, also
featuring the Kelly Space Voyager Planetarium and OMNIMAX Theater;
Carolina Raptor Center and University of NC Botanical & Sculpture
in the area include: Carolina Medical Center, University Hospital,
Mercy Hospital, Presbyterian Hospital and Lake Norman Regional