Holly Springs, NC

Holly Springs NC is located in Wake County...

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December 11, 2015

Holly Springs NC is located in Wake County, in the heart of North Carolina. There are about 25,000 people living in here at an elevation of about 440 feet, within an area of 15 square miles. The town of Fuquay-Varina rests along the south side of Holly Springs, while Apex is to the north.


Once settled by the Tuscarora Indians, the area of Holly Springs contains fresh water springs and holly trees, for which the town gets its name. During the early 1800s a small general store, Masonic lodge, and church were erected along the crossroads of modern day Avent Ferry and Cass Holt Roads. A short time later, a cotton gin and sawmill built. Eventually, a new church was built at the Hillsborough-Smithfield and Raleigh-Cape Fear River/Fayetteville crossroads. This are became the center for today's Holly Springs NC.

A gentleman named Archibald Leslie built a large home after establishing a tailoring business and store around 1820. The Leslie-Alford-Mims House still stands today.

In 1822, the Holly Springs Baptist Church was built. A Masonic Lodge in 1854. And a Wake Forest College preparatory school also in 1854.

When the Civil War arrived, North Carolina became part of the Confederacy. Many of the men in Holly Springs fought and died under the leadership of Zeb Vance of the 26th Infantry Regiment. In fact, less than 100 of the original 880 found their way back to Holly Springs NC.

Later, the town fell to Union Forces who occupied it for two weeks before pulling out. During their stay, local owners managed to save several of the large homes from being burnt or otherwise destroyed by disbanded Union soldiers. Included are the Leslie House and the Needham Norris House.
With the war taking most of the fathers and brothers of the town, and the arrival of the Chatham Railroad in nearby Apex, many people moved from Holly Springs to other locations throughout eastern North Carolina. By the early 1870s, the town was all but deserted.

George Benton Alford arrived in 1875 and brought with him his mercantile business. After buying and remodeling the Leslie House, he continued growing businesses in Holly Springs NC. Alford built a sawmill, brick kiln, and cotton gin. It was through his efforts, and those of several dozen men, that the Durham and Southern Railroad line came to Holly Springs.

In hopes of improving the local economy, Alford also initiated the Holly Springs Land and Improvement Company, and a newspaper, the Cape Fear News and Advertising Company. And, finally in 1877 the Town of Holly Springs was incorporated... courtesy Alford's heavy petitioning. Until the 1980s, Holly Springs NC was a one square mile town.

After years of home-schooling and students being taught at the Masonic school, the first school was built on a 10-acre parcel in 1908.

During the early 20th century, Holly Springs NC was growing in a healthy fashion, led by Alford. But World War I and the Great Depression took its toll on the town. Men had gone to fight in Europe while many families moved to the cities in search of employment.

Nothing viably to the economy happened for a half century. In fact, it wasn't until the 1960s that a public water system and lighting was provided Holly Springs and its 600 citizens. Finally, in 1985 a waste water treatment plant was built.

Growth started returning to Holly Springs with the arrival of Warp Technologies (textiles), providing jobs to many of its citizens.

Today, Holly Springs is taking advantage of its central location to Research Triangle Park. In 1990 the population of the town was about 950. In less than 20 years it has grown to more than 25,000.

A new town hall was build in 2003 and the arrival of pharmaceutical giant Novartis in 2008 is an indication of the solidity of this small American town.

Quick Facts About Holly Springs, NC

Population: 25,000
Medium Age: 33
Medium Household Income: $85,000
Home Values: $233,000

Zip Code

27540

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WILLOW SPRING, NC

Holly Springs NC Schools

Holly Springs High School
Holly Grove Elementary School
Holly Springs Elementary School
Holly Ridge Middle School
Holly Grove Middle School
Holly Ridge Elementary School


 

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