Holly Springs NC
In the colonial era, settlers claimed the area as their new home and began building out the town. During the early 1800s, the town included a sawmill, cotton gin, general store, and a one-room schoolhouse that doubled a church on Sunday mornings. The original town only covered one square mile around the town square. The town experienced steady growth for the next 100 years and by 1900, it had outgrown the neighboring cities, Apex and Fuquay-Varina. By this time, Holly Springs now has several different churches and schools, some of which were known for their excellence. Many affluent families moved to Holly Springs solely for their school system. When WWI began, many men went off to war, and opportunities began to seize in smaller towns like Holly Springs. Thus, younger residents began moving to bigger cities, like the state’s capital, Raleigh, for more opportunities. Once the Great Depression and WWII hit, Holly Springs was practically a ghost town. Nearly all of the younger residents moved away to bigger cities for larger financial gains, leaving no opportunity for growth in Holly Springs. For nearly 20 years, the town’s population was less than 600, until the 1960s when I.M. Gattman Was elected for mayor.
Grattan saw potential in the small and sleepy town, so he initiated new programs to improve the overall appearance of the town to attract new residents. Though these new improvements were small, they kick stated growth in Holly Springs. By the 1980s, Warp technologies opened their headquarters in Holly Springs which doubled the town’s tax base. This increase allowed the town to open an affluent neighborhood and golf course that is still widely used today.
Today, Holly Springs a great town for families to settle down. Many residents who live within the city limits love the small-town feel but work in the triangle area.