This southern Wake County town originated from deep aquifers and springs that run past 40 foot holly trees. Some century old springs feed creeks and ponds to this day. In colonial times, a small cluster of homes and businesses formed around the original area that was once an Indian hunting ground. Downtown Holly Springs grew from the intersection of the first two roads. The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still standing as a reminder of the beginnings of the town. A commanding landmark, the house is visible from Main Street in the heart of downtown. The town's economy boomed during the early 1900s, recessed in World War I, and progress returned to Holly Springs. Further development, including the Sunset Ridge golf course community, began another era of growth and prosperity that remains strong today.
Not yet a decade old, Holly Springs' parks and recreation department presents a variety of programs and opportunities for families to play together. The 46-acre Parrish Womble Park, much of which was formerly a tobacco farm, now includes baseball and soccer fields, playground equipment, a small fishing pond, a picnic shelter, an amphitheater, a paved walking trail, and areas for horseshoes and volleyball. Ninety-acre Bass Lake Park features a lake for fishing, canoeing and trails with scenic overlooks. Park-sponsored outings, such as owl prowls, single-mingle canoe paddles, and family moonlight canoe trips draw in locals regularly. Nearby Harris Lake County Park offers additional programs and hiking trails along with 8.5 miles of mountain bike trails, a disc-golf course, a fishing pier, playground equipment, and picnic shelter along with a bass, crappie and catfish sportsman's playground.
Events in Holly Springs include SeptemberFest, the Kiwanis Club Haunted Schoolhouse in October, Main Street Christmas, and The Happy Holly Days Parade on Main Street.
From the past to the present, from the small-town atmosphere where people still know each other by name to the frequent, unique family-oriented activities, Holly Springs is a town that is continuing to grow not just in population and industry but also in heart. With all of the security and charm of being in a small town, Holly Springs has quick access to the downtown Raleigh area. Whether it's the recreational opportunities, the friendly people or beautiful family-oriented community, Holly Springs provides a quality of life that's second to none.