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Belmont Historical Society Museum


The Belmont Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Belmont, NC and its immediate surrounding area. The BHS records the places , the people, and the times from the past that have made Belmont the community that it is.  The BHS traces Belmont from the early days, (even before  its original name of Garibaldi), through the years as a textile manufacturing giant, to the current days of a growing community of interesting people and places.  Belmont, NC has a well documented history via the written word from books, photographs and stories passed on by word of mouth…some not yet captured for the citizens of the future. Come in and see the huge collections of photos, videos, books and artifacts obtained from the citizens of the Belmont community.
The Belmont Historical Society, Inc., a Cultural and Heritage Learning Center, has six main rooms and two large halls.  The rooms and main hall are named for Belmont’s early doctors.  Each area contains furnishings, artifacts, and pictures which tell the history of Belmont from the time of the Indians who wandered through and camped here, up through the textile age.  One room contains a smart TV to view videos of oral histories, early times and other subjects.  A reading library contains books about Belmont’s early history, genealogies of some families, and other topics of interest. These can be used at the center for research or just pleasure. Showcases throughout  the house contain artifacts and displays pertinent to the history of the greater Belmont area.  
The center is also the home of the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame.  This is a current display of all the athletes who have been inducted throughout the years.  In addition to the main museum, Parkdale Mills donated an original mill house which was moved to our site from the Acme Mill Village. It has been furnished like a typical mill house would have been in the 1920s-1930s. It was named the Yates Abernathy House in honor of Mr. Yates Abernathy who led the effort to acquire it and restore it in an authentic fashion. A third building to be viewed is the restored 1899 freestanding kitchen building which originally served the R.L. Stowe, Sr. family.
Just across the street is a pictorial history museum owned and operated by Allen Millican. Many of his photographs feature Belmont people and sites.


40 Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012, USA


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Visitors to Gaston County in North Carolina will find the town of Belmont located just south of I-85 at exit 27 . The downtown is located just off of the Catawba River and is the closest town in the county to Charlotte, NC.


In Gaston County, NC

Gastonia Honey Hunters

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League based in Gastonia, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. Their home base is the FUSE District Stadium.

Christmas Town USA

McAdenville’s 650 or so residents go all-out to convert their homes into Christmas Town USA– an achievement that attracts about 600,000 visitors. Drive the half-mile route – free of charge – to see 375-plus trees strung with more than 500,000 red, green and white lights. Christmas Town, USA finished 4th in the “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the USA” contest, sponsored by USA Today.


Kates Skating Rink

Kate’s Skating Rinks provides a clean and wholesome environment that is affordable, safe, and fun, with a goal of continuously surpassing customer expectations.

1151 Skating Rink Drive


Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Begun by a collecting group of dedicated citizens, our museum found a home in Kings Mountain’s old post office. Today our collection includes a wide range of archives and objects related to our city and the people who have called it home.

100 E Mountain St

Kings Mountain

Lineberger Maple Springs Farm

Family-friendly experiences through spring, summer and fall.

906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy.


M.O. Owens Worship and Fine Arts Center at Gaston Christian

1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd.


Monkey Joe’s

3924 E Franklin Blvd


Gastonia Honey Hunters

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League based in Gastonia, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. Their home base is the FUSE District Stadium.


11 Mill Blueway South Fork Trail

A long paddle that will take you almost 9 miles down the South Fork River where you will witness both a beautifully protected shoreline and signs of Gaston's past in the textile industry with plenty of places to stop at parks, restaurants, and breweries along the way.

Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

Access the Catawba River via canoe, kayak or boat from this 10-acre riverfront park.

1400 Catawba Street


Kings Mountain State Park

The Piedmont’s Kings Mountain State Park has miles of forested trails perfect for supreme Kings Mountain hiking, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites. Local crowds flock to the park during regularly scheduled special events, especially every November when living history demonstrations are held at the park’s replica 1800s Piedmont farm.

For those who want to stay overnight at Kings Mountain, campground accommodations–including equestrian facilities–are available at the Kings Mountain campground, with easy access to Kings Mountain hiking, fishing and more.

4611 Linwood Rd

Kings Mountain

Lineberger Park

Gastonia’s first park provides both passive and active recreation opportunities on 18.5 acres.

632 E. Garrison Blvd.


Martha Rivers Park

Children head straight for “the castle” playground. The wooden structure houses a fort, a ship, a race car, slides and swings.

1515 Neal Hawkins Rd,


Mount Holly Farmers Market

Strives to provide the surrounding community with fresh food, grown locally with sustainable practices. Held each Saturday morning May through October, the market not only features farmers and food, but also offers chefdemonstrations, live music and a gathering place for friends and family.

226 S Main St

Mount Holly

Centennial Park

Renovated in 2015, Centennial Park serves as the epicenter for entertainment in downtown. Enjoy the park during a special event or relax during the day admiring local art or simply enjoying the pocket of green space in downtown. Explore local businesses while in downtown and use Centennial Park as a place to eat or relax!

114 W Virginia Ave, Bessemer City, NC 28016

Bessemer City

Bridge at High Shoals

As you head out of the county going north along 321 is High Shoals. Visitors enjoy taking pictures of the old truss bridge as well as launching paddle boats to explore the ruins of the iron works.

400 S Lincoln St.

High Shoals

Kings Mountain Country Club

Quality golf, beautiful views and friendly service and one of the top golf experiences in the area.

109 Country Club Rd

Kings Mountain

Legacy Park

163 Main St


Loray Mill

300 S. Firestone St.


Millican Pictorial History Museum

Historical photos from Gaston County, the Charlotte area and textile mills for sale. Thousands of old photos on display and restoration of old photography is performed here.

35 E Catawba St