Holly Springs

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Arcadia Publishing, 2008 - History - 128 pages
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As the name suggests, the town of Holly Springs in southern Wake County originated at a place where freshwater trickles from deep aquifers and where 40-foot-tall holly trees have endured storms and droughts, wars and depressions, and times of peace and prosperity. In Colonial times, a small cluster of homes and businesses formed around the original "holly springs" in an area that once was a Tuscarora Indian hunting ground. The tiny community included a sawmill, cotton gin, and store. In later years, a few miles to the north, Archibald Leslie purchased 180 acres at the intersection of two roads near another freshwater spring. He opened a tailoring business and store, and began construction on a 38-room manor. Today all that remains of the Leslie estate is the main house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Leslie-Alford-Mims House. A short dirt trail winds through the woods to the springs.

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Town historian Barbara Koblich has collected local historical documents, family histories, old photographs, and genealogies for over a decade. In collaboration with the Town of Holly Springs, longtime residents, and the Holly Springs Historical Preservation Society, Barbara presents these historic images in Images of America: Holly Springs for future generations to enjoy.

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