Raleigh, NC: “The City of Oaks”
Raleigh, NC is the capital and second largest city in North Carolina. It's nickname, "The City of Oaks" comes from it's beautiful tree-lined streets in the city's heart.
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.
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.
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 is located in the Wake County Public Schools District, which is the largest in the state of North Carolina.
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!
- Buck P.