Deep aquifers and freshwater springs of Holly Springs run past age-old holly trees, and they have been witness to good times and difficult times, mostly with times of peace and prosperity.
HOLLY SPRINGS: A HERALD TO GOOD LIVING
Holly Springs is a great place to live in, and raise a family! It is very much a family town and has a good mix of family neighborhoods dotted across the area.
As a southern town in Wake County, North Carolina Holly Springs seems to have taken shape, at a place where 40-foot holly trees rose in clusters over freshwater springs. In fact, many century-old springs here still feed water to creeks and ponds, to this day!
SMALL-TOWN CHARM. BIG CITY FEEL.
As Holly Springs grows, it is inspiring to see its seemingly healthy balance of commercial along with residential development. Land prices are reasonable and as this town is close to other urban centers it has been attracting new residents and business enterprises consistently. No wonder, the town has been seeing a steady growth of around 5-6% every year, over the past decade.
A RAPIDLY GROWING SUBURB
With less than a population of a 1000 twenty years ago, Holly Spring now boasts a rapidly growing community, of more than 25,000. This is majorly due to the new growth in residential real estate.
Located just 20 minutes away from the state capital of Raleigh, and in close proximity to the Triangle, everything in this town seems to be new and refreshing. From stores to dining, sports to music, there is something new and exciting happening all the time!
As it sits in the center of a thriving community, the Holly Springs Cultural Center offers arts, the local theater, and events to visitors. Bass Lake Park is a 100-acre lake teeming with fish for the fishing aficionado. If you wish to honor the men and women who have served the country’s military you can visit the Veterans Park, which also features a War on Terror memorial. The Holly Springs’ greenway skirts a lake, and houses native flora and fauna. The longleaf pine ecosystem can be enjoyed during the free Longleaf Festival, which is held during May. Live reptiles and amphibians, along with a range of games and crafts are on show here. The serene Womble Park, with its fine array of food, arts, and crafts has an annual community Fest, on the last Saturday of October every year. There is a kids’ corner too, and children usually love to attend the Fest here. The Farmers’ Market showcases locally grown produce and artisan-worthy fresh food regularly.
THE HISTORIC LESLIE-ALFORD-MIMS HOUSE
At the crossroads, which is now a part of downtown Holly Springs, stands a historic landmark, the Leslie-Alford -Mims house. Over two hundred years, this house, which was also the home of George Benton Alford – the founder of the Town of Holly Springs, has witnessed an occupation by Union troops during the Civil War – it still stands as a testimony to time in the area.
Beginning as a crossroads near freshwater springs, Holly Springs is now home to many craft breweries and ingenious eateries that are slowly gaining popularity amongst foodies.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast with some delectable doughnuts at Rise Biscuits and Donuts. Then, dig into a deep-dish slice of pizza, or a pasta and salad at the Acme Pizza Company. For some upbeat Southern hospitality, you can head to the Mason Jar Tavern, popular for draft microbrews, cocktails, and casual eats. The atmosphere is modern and welcoming. Enjoy a good pint at North Carolina’s first 100% women-owned microbrewery, the Bombshell Beer Company. Or enjoy a wide range of draft beers at the family-friendly pub, the Bass Lake Draft House. Wish to enjoy a mix of American hospitality with a blend of Beijing, Szechwan, Hunan, Mongolian, Shanghai, and Cantonese cuisine? Head on to China Uno, for some enjoyable Asian cuisine.
Holly Springs is part of the Raleigh-Durham metro area or the Research Triangle region as it is called, and is centrally located within the state, making it an easy place to get to.
The Raleigh Durham International Airport is 20 miles from here. A 2-hour drive will take you to the North Carolina coast and its beaches.
The ongoing Complete 540 project seeks to extend the Triangle Expressway, from Apex to Knightdale, thus completing the 540 Outer Loop around greater Raleigh. This will ease traffic congestion around the state’s capital, linking towns like Holly Springs with Raleigh and help commuters to get to Raleigh much quicker.
The town has been pursuing an aggressive development strategy, and the landscape is now transforming, from a sleepy, rural setting to a pulsating town with golf courses, secure neighborhoods, and business opportunities.
With its quaint history in a small-town setting, Holly Springs today portrays an ideal mix of small-town warmth and urban opportunity. As families from all over the country come here, live, thrive, and grow together Holly Springs has truly come to signify what it set out to be – a “wellspring” of peace, joy, and harmony.
Neighborhood communities are growing at a fast pace in Holly Springs, and most of them are family-friendly:
Old Pierce Place
Townes at Arbor Creek