Introduction to Holly Springs, North Carolina
Holly Springs, North Carolina, in Wake county, is 10 miles S of Cary, North Carolina (center to center) and 13 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina. The town is located inside the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metropolitan area.
Holly Springs History
The Tuscarora Indians, who originally inhabited this region, used the area as a hunting ground. In the 1720s, an influx of European settlers arrived, and a community grew beside the fresh water springs, which were considered the original "holly springs." In the 1800s, the area had a general store, a Baptist Church, a Masonic Lodge, a sawmill, and a cotton gin. During the Civil War and in the following years, there was a decline in the community. However, the arrival of an entrepreneur, George Benton Alford, led to a revival. Alford started several businesses, including a sawmill, a cotton gin, a mercantile store, and the Holly Springs Land and Improvement Company. He also established the "Cape Fear Enterprise" newspaper. Holly Springs was incorporated as a town in 1877.
Holly Springs and Nearby Attractions
- North Carolina Museum of History
- State Capitol
- Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
- J.C. Raulston Arboretum
- Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
Things To Do In Holly Springs
State Capitol, the Greek Revival structure constructed in the 1830s, is a historic site near Holly Springs. The North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Ackland Art Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the natural, historical, and cultural background of the region. Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve features trails and a nature center, while facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, and picnicking are available at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. J.C. Raulston Arboretum is another popular attraction in the area.
Holly Springs Transportation
Raleigh - Durham International Airport is the closest major airport.
Holly Springs Higher Education
Nearby colleges include Wake Technical College, Meredith College, Shaw University, and Durham Technical Community College.