Holly Springs, NC: “Southern Hospitality”

Holly Springs, NC Facts

Holly Springs, NC has a southern charm all it's own.  Located just southwest of Raleigh, this growing town has much to offer its residents.  The town is building not only commercial growth, but a community strong in its connections with each other and the surrounding areas.

  • Area: 15.1 square miles
  • Population (2010):  24,661
  • Travel: Raleigh - 25 minutes
  • Research Triangle Park - 25 minutes
  • Raleigh Durham International (RDU) Airport - 25 minutes
Bloomberg Businessweek named Holly Springs the "Best Place to Raise Kids in North Carolina: 2013" because it remains close to the major area colleges and metropolitan advantages while still preserving the small town atmosphere.  Holly Springs was also ranked by Money Magazine as the "22nd Best Place to Live" in 2007.  Holly Springs continues to build a strong community of resources that make it a wonderful place to call home.

History of Holly Springs, NC

Holly Springs, NC was originally a hunting ground of the Tuscarora tribe.  Colonial settlement forced the tribe out of the area as a few town buildings were erected near the original "holly springs."

In the mid 1800s, Archibald Leslie, a Scottish businessman, opened a tailor business and began construction on an imposing mansion near the town's center.  This encouraged some growth in the town, but many challenges came with the Civil War.  Many raids by robbers were made, as the town's men were off to war.  At the end of the war, the Union Army had a headquarters set up at Leslie's home for a short time.  But the war had taken its toll, and historian M.N. Amis referred to Holy Springs as a "deserted village" at that time.

The vision of a man named George Benton Alford revitalized the economy of Holly Springs.  He brought his mercantile business to the area, and over time even more business.  The railroad, Holly Springs Land and Improvement Company, and newspaper all owe their beginnings to Alford.  Alford also led a petition to incorporate the town of Holly Springs in 1877.

Since this period of prosperity, the ebb and flow of industry has continued to shape the town of Holly Springs.  Keeping an eye on its history, developments have been made to incorporate its rich past and develop one of the fastest growing suburbs in the US.

The future is bright for Holly Springs as it draws upon the strength of the Triangle, and state-of-the-art industry of nearby Research Triangle Park.

Community Features of Holly Springs, NC

A variety of resources are available at the facilities part of the Holly Springs, NC Parks and Recreation Department.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center hosts a wide variety of adult and youth classes including music, dance, theatre and more.  For those interested in the active lifestyle, the town of Holly Springs has a beautiful network of parks and recreation areas to enjoy.

Bass Lake Park is a highlight offering many fun activities for the whole family.

A huge variety of Youth sports programs are offered through the Wake Forest Parks & Recreation Department including basketball, baseball & softball, track & field, cheerleading, and girls volleyball.  Adult sports programs like basketball, softball, and flag football are also available.  The W.E. Hunt Recreation Center is a new facility including a fitness center, gym, game rooms, and more.

Sunset Ridge Racquet & Swim Club in Holly Springs, NC offers its members amazing facilities and activities for the whole family.  An Aquatic Center with a large water play area & lazy river, junior olympic pools, and racquet and tennis courts are among the many available amenities.

In addition to being conveniently located to the bustling metropolis and shopping mecca in Raleigh, Holly Springs has several shopping centers including the Shoppes at Holly Springs, Holly Springs Towne Center, and Sunset Lake Commons.  Downtown Holly Springs has many shops located in historic buildings, and will be seeing even more offerings with its Mosaic on Main, currently under construction.

Holly Springs, NC Schools

Holly Springs, NC is located in the Wake County Public Schools District, which is the largest in the state of North Carolina.

Holly Springs, NC private schools offer other options for schooling, including the New School Montessori CenterPrimrose School at Holly Grove, Peace Rose Montessori Academy and The Goddard School.

Three prestigious major universities, the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDuke University, and NC State University are located within 40 minutes of Holly Springs.

Things to Do in Holly Springs, NC

There are far too many things to do in Holly Springs, NC to list, but here's a sampling of what can be found in and around town for the whole family!

  • The Holly Springs Cultural Center has many musical and theatre performances that can be attended throughout the year.  There are also art exhibits at the facility and free outdoor concerts.
  • Bass Lake Park has a 100 acre lake stocked with catfish and other local favorites.  You can rent a boat or canoe, or explore the shoreline, as well as visit the Nature Center to learn more about the area.
  • A challenging and relaxing round of golf await you at Devil's Ridge Golf Club, where the course features the natural beauty of Holly Springs.
  • Visit an acclaimed local brewery, the Carolina Brewing Company, with a free tour every Saturday, you can learn about the entire brewing process or sample one of their microbrews, which have been winners of various contests across the state.
  • Local farmers and vendors in Holly Springs, NC have many offerings at the Holly Springs Farmers Market.
  • The Holly Springs Arts Council organizes community events that feature local artists throughout the year at various venues including the farmers market.
  • Holly Fest is an annual celebration celebrating lit in Holly Springs with a business expo, 5k race, children's rides, arts & crafts, music, food and more!
  • There are many historical markers in Holly Springs, NC, that help commemorate the rich history of the area.  You can find a database of markers in the North Carolina Highway Historical Markers Guide or contact a local historian to explore and learn more.  The Mason Lodge #115, Needham Norris House, and Leslie-Alford-Mims home are some of the most notable.
  • Yearly festivals are so much fun in Holly Springs and include the Dog Days in the Park,TurtlefestSpring FlingMain Street Christmas, and Bass Lake Day.

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