"Gaston County, North Carolina" McAdenville by HSC123

McAdenville Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 1 photos

Gastonia - Belmont - Cramerton – McAdenville

Just west of Charlotte on the North Carolina/South Carolina border is suburban Gaston County, home to a string of towns where my wife spent about a year and a half when she was in high school. In July 2005 we spent a day exploring Gaston County in search of her former houses, school, and other local landmarks of importance.

Gaston County is part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. Here is a synopsis of the county's main towns:

Gastonia -- the largest city and county seat, Gastonia is largely commercialized and suburban with a mall, numerous shopping centers, big box retailers, national chain restaurants and assorted car dealerships. In other words, it is a typical modern-day metro area suburb. At its core, however, is an old-fashioned downtown consisting of several blocks that show signs of both decay and attempts at revitalization. Downtown Gastonia has potential but seemed pretty deserted and a little dodgy in the middle of a weekday. Gastonia's attractions include a surprising science museum and a pretty park with a creek and footbridge.

Belmont - Driving around town it appears that Belmont is relatively affluent and characterized by interesting old homes.

Cramerton - Cramerton has a tiny town center of small brick buildings and quaint houses. Rising over Cramerton is Cramer Mountain, a gated luxury golf course community with lots of natural beauty.

McAdenville - The tiny town of McAdenville is nicknamed "Christmas Town" during the holiday season. That's when the red brick buildings lining its streets are transformed into a fantastic twinkling light display so popular that it attracts drive-through tourists from far and wide.

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  • Mar 28, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This is a great signs. It gives me all the feelings I get during the Christmas season.

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