Children’s museum, makerspace on the way

Published 9:42 am Thursday, March 28, 2019

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By Madi Hartness

Community Foundation

After years of planning, COGNITION of Davie County broke ground last week.

Now that renovations are under way, a capital campaign for $500,000 has begun to support the renovation and development of the space.

In 2016, the Davie Community Foundation (DCF) purchased the building next door to their office on N. Salisbury St.. The goal was to make an impact investment to continue to improve downtown Mocksville and find a use that would revive an older building while benefitting the entire community.

DCF reached out to the community for feedback about the best use of the building and brought community leaders together to discuss self-sustaining uses for the space. After more than a year of research, conversations, and visits to other communities, it was agreed that an interactive children’s museum and makerspace had the best chance to meet all of the criteria.

The DCF Board approved moving forward with COGNITION in February 2018.

In April 2018, COGNITION of Davie County was incorporated and a new board was established from interested residents including two recent graduates of Davie County High School who have returned to Davie County to live and work. The 11-member board is comprised of a variety of talents including educators, school principals, attorney, non-profit leader, educational consultant, early childhood specialist, marketing, design, and finance. Committees have been formed comprised of residents who want to share their talents and expertise in order to make COGNITION a reality.

The mission of COGNITION is to create an interactive space for children, families, and the community to acquire knowledge through adventurous play, investigative learning, and creative growth.

The space is set to open in January 2020. To learn more about COGNITION, visit the Facebook page or website at