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Heritage Village of Dallas Park

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the downtown area of Dallas, NC.

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is the downtown area of Dallas, NC. The center of Dallas features the Old Gaston County Courthouse, the Gaston County Museum, the Old Jail, and other buildings surrounding the court square. Walking tours of the square are available at Gaston County Museum. The Hoffman Hotel was built in 1852 by Daniel Hoffman. The hotel was built to provide food and lodging to visitors, jurors, and court officials who frequented the Gaston County Courthouse. The hotel was built in the Greek Revival style which was very fashionable at the time of its construction, and was inspired by the renewed interest in ancient Greek architecture. The Carolina Northwestern Train Depot was built in 1903. It was originally located a few blocks south of the Gaston County Museum on Main Street between Rhyne St. and College St. The depot was moved to its current location in 1977 to be used as an art center. Later, it served as a design shop for museum exhibits, before undergoing an extensive renovation in July of 2009, bringing it to its present condition. The depot was donated to the Gaston County Museum by L.D. Guess, a former stationmaster in Dallas, who purchased the depot when railroad officials decided to shut down the Dallas office and made plans to demolish the structure. In 1848 the Gaston County Jail was completed by Abraham Mauney and his slave workers, and Benjamin Morris became the county’s first sheriff. In the 19th century, it was customary for the sheriff and his family to live in the jail, so they occupied the lower floors while the prisoner’s jail cells were located on the second floor. It was expected that the sheriff’s wife and family would do the cooking, cleaning, and laundry for the prisoners. During 1857, the courthouse opened in the "Publick Square." Here the county business and entertainment was conducted, and you could hear trial testimony and the latest music from traveling performers and singers. In 1874, architectural changes were made after a fire. The fence posts that surround the court square and the granite stairs were fashioned by John Campo, a Union soldier who made Dallas his home.

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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.

Gastonia

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

Belmont

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.

Gastonia

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,

Gastonia

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

McAdenville

Loray Mill

300 S. Firestone St.

Gastonia

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

Belmont

Mount Holly Historical Society Museum

The Mount Holly Historical Museum is the official home of the city of Mount Holly archives and features rotating exhibits as well as a research library with online access to genealogical websites and back issues of the Mount Holly News from 1945-2005.

131 S Main St

Mount Holly

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.

McAdenville

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

Lowell

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

We are a family farm 90 years in the making! We have an on farm store and offer pick your own. Our main crops are strawberries, blackberries, peaches, pumpkins, and muscadines. We have playgrounds and picnic shelters for a fun family outing!

906 Dallas-Stanley Hwy.

Dallas

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

1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd.

Gastonia

Monkey Joe’s

3924 E Franklin Blvd

Gastonia