Our Legacy

The next chapter in the story of this land


ince the 1800s, over 400 acres surrounding Sisters Cove was a dairy farm and the home of the Cornelius family. It's rolling hills and mild weather were well suited to crops and cattle and the farm flourished back when farms and markets were close to each other. The life was simple, sustainable and fulfilling. Clarence and Anna Liza Cornelius founded the farm and passed it to the twin brothers Henry and Homer Cornelius. The farm and family are recognized as a North Carolina "Century Farm Family" and property is still a working cattle farm headed by third-generation farmers Preston & Marsha Cornelius.

After World War II, modern agriculture and transportation meant produce grown in California could be sold in Charlotte. The post-war era also offered more opportunities in the city and away from rural farms. However, even bigger fundamental changes were on their way for the county.

Duke Power had been damming the Catawba River since the early part of the 20th Century to create hydroelectric power and control flooding. Lake Norman was the final and largest of the seven lakes on the river. Duke had been buying land since the 1920s, and by the 1950s the company had almost all it needed for the project.

In 1963, Lake Norman came into being and touched the edges of the Cornelius farm. Sisters Cove was born. Many farmers found themselves the owners of lakefront property and recreational camps became a new focus. Sisters Cove was home to camps up until 2011 when the land was acquired by Nest Homes. It remains one of the most quiet and calm coves of Lake Norman. 

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