Heritage Village of Dallas Park

Historic Buildings

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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Dallas, NC, USA

Dallas

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Dallas, incorporated in 1863, is the oldest incorporated town in Gaston County. Dallas was named for George Mifflin Dallas, who was the U.S. Vice President in 1846 when Dallas was established. Designated originally as the County Seat, it remained so for 64 years until 1911. The Old Courthouse, renovated in 1868 after a fire, still stands in the main square of the town.

MORE THINGS TO DO

In Gaston County, NC

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

1151 Skating Rink Drive

Lowell

Kings Mountain Historical Museum

At the Kings Mountain Historical Museum visitors can learn about the history of the area.

100 E Mountain St

Kings Mountain

Lewis Farm

This farm offers people a chance to reconnect with the past through showcasing farming practices from the 1930's and 1940's.

Ranlo

Loray Mill

300 S. Firestone St.

Gastonia

Millican Pictorial History Museum

History museum in Belmont.

35 E Catawba St

Belmont

Mount Holly Municipal Complex

400 E. Central Ave.

Mount Holly

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

4611 Linwood Rd

Kings Mountain

Lineberger Maple Springs Farm

Family-friendly experiences through spring, summer and fall.

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

Mountain Island Park

This park features river access, a 1.6-mile walking trail part of the Carolina Thread Trail and afishing pier.

400 Mountain Island Rd.

Mount Holly

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

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

226 S Main St

Mount Holly

620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

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