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Mount Holly is a city in northeast Gaston County, North Carolina. The city is situated on the western bank of the Catawba River in the Southern Piedmont area of North Carolina, north of Interstate 85 and south of North Carolina State Highway 16. Whether you are searching for your dream home, vacation home, or investment property, Mt. Holly has plenty to offer.  The allure of the remaining farmland, the simple commute into the city of Charlotte and the proximity to Lake Norman are just some of Mt. Holly's enticements.  The growth of the Huntersville area has exploded in population, in 1980 the population of Huntersville was 1,800 and in 2000 the population was estimated at 9,618.  This tremendous population growth has fueled a booming real estate and homebuilding industry.

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The History of Mount Holly

King George II of Great Britain first issued land grants for the Mount Holly area around 1750. A few years later in 1754, James Kuykendall of Holland was issued a grant for an area known as Dutchman's Creek. 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 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. It runs parallel with North Carolina State Highway 27 and is still in service today being 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.

Historic sites in Mount Holly include St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, built in 1843; the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1881; the C.E. Hutchinson House and Augusta Rhyne Cannon, 1894; and the Dellinger-Nantz House, 1899.

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Education in the Mount Holly Area

Education in the Mount Holly area is of prime importance to the citizens of Mount Holly.  Below is listed some of the schools that a child in the Town of Mount Holly may be assigned and their school reports, for private schools click here.  The first link is to the school's website and the second is to the school report card.



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