Mount Holly NC
Land grants were first issued in the Mount Holly area by King George II of Great Britain around 1750. In 1754, a land grant was issued to James Kuykendall of Holland in the locale known as Dutchman's Creek. Later in 1838, a post office in the area was named Woodlawn. In 1875, the name of the town was changed to Mount Holly, after the Mount Holly Cotton Mill that was started that year. The name "Mount Holly" was used in recognition of the famed yarn made at a spinning mill in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
A.P. and D.E. Rhyne and Ambrose Costner originally owned the Mount Holly Cotton Mill. It was the fourth mill to be built in Gaston County and is the oldest surviving mill today. The mill's success and the prosperity of the area as a whole led local residents to petition the North Carolina General Assembly for incorporation of Mount Holly in 1879.
The first railroad in Gaston County, the Carolina Central Railway, began serving Mount Holly in 1860. The line, which runs parallel with North Carolina State Highway 27, is still in service and operated by CSX. In 1911, construction began on the area's second railroad known as the Piedmont and Northern Railway. On May 20, 1912 it made its first run from Charlotte to Gastonia.
Electricity became available to homes and businesses around the turn of the twentieth century. The Woodlawn Mill, located on Woodlawn Avenue, was built in 1906 and was the first mill in Gaston County to be served with electricity.
The City of Mount Holly, NC is located in northeastern Gaston County. Our beautiful city is situated west of Catawba River with a culturally and historically rich community and a thriving economy. Mount Holly is a wonderful place to visit or those who are looking for the perfect place to relocate a business or call home.
"Come join us for a stroll down Mount Holly's brick-lined sidewalks or bike over to enjoy one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped, natural riverbank on the Catawba in the Metrolina. Garrison Keillor once said that some luck lies not in getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have. Come see what we have, it is something special."
— Mayor Bryan Hough
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