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Spring Hope Town

Spring Hope Town Hall is located at 118 West Railroad Street, Spring Hope, NC 27882; phone: 252-478-5186.

Beginnings [1]

Spring Hope was founded in 1888 on a spur line of the Wilmington-Weldon Railroad. The town progressed as a farming service center and a vital shipping point for local crops, especially cotton. A local history declared that the community was once the largest inland cotton market in North Carolina. A 1911 Sanborn map of Spring Hope depicts an 80-foot cotton platform east of the railroad depot and a cotton seed oil gin to the west. The map also shows a wagon shop and three tobacco warehouses standing near the tracks west of the business district. The large Montgomery Lumber Company stood to the north. By 1911 Main Street was a continuous block of brick commercial buildings running parallel to the railroad tracks. Surrounding the business district, the residential neighborhoods rapidly expanded between 1900 and World War I. Particularly along Nash, Ash, Walnut and Branch Streets, handsome one and two story frame houses appeared. By 1923 Spring Hope had a population of nearly 1,300.

  1. Richard Mattson, consultant, Dr. Hassell Brantley House, Spring Hope, Nash County, NC, nomination document, 1986, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.
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