Belmont City, Gaston County, North Carolina (NC)

Belmont City

Gaston County, North Carolina

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Belmont City Hall is located at 115 North Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012.
Phone: 704‑825‑5586.


  • Abbington Woods
  • Belmont Historic District
  • Linford Park
  • Pinewood Circle
  • Adams Bluff
  • Amity Acres
  • Beechbrook
  • Belle Meade
  • Belmont Reserve
  • Branchwood
  • Catawba Cove
  • Catawba Crest
  • Catawba Heights
  • Chronicle Mills
  • Cottonwood
  • Downtown
  • Eagle Park
  • Forest Bay
  • Gaither Place
  • Garibaldi Ridge
  • Goshen Woods
  • Graystone
  • Graystone Estates
  • Hall Park
  • Harbortowne
  • Hawthorne
  • Heather Glen
  • Highland on the Pointe
  • Lake Mist
  • Lake Ridge at Pinsto Forest
  • Lake Wylie
  • Lakewood
  • Lincoln Park
  • Misty Waters
  • Paradise Point
  • Pebble Creek
  • Pinsto Forest
  • Point Crossing
  • Reflection Pointe
  • River Lakes
  • River Ridge
  • Rustic Trails
  • Shannon Point
  • South Forest
  • South Fork Crossing
  • South Hills
  • South Point Ridge
  • Southwood Arms
  • Springwood
  • Stowe Manor
  • Stowe Pointe
  • The Peninsula at Bayshore
  • Timberlake
  • Waters Edge
  • Woodend
  • Woodland Bay

Beginnings [1]

In the early 1870s, the North Carolina Railroad passed through Gaston County as it connected Charlotte and Greensboro, while the Atlanta and Charlotte Airline crossed the peninsula between the Catawba and South Fork rivers on the east side of the county. This section of the county was known as South Fork or Southpoint, and it was in this area that John Garibaldi, an Italian immigrant and engineer for the Mecklenburg Iron Works, supervised the construction of the Atlanta and Charlotte Airline and its bridges. A watering stop on the peninsula became known as Garibaldi's Station. In 1873, the leg from Charlotte to Spartanburg began operating, passing through Garibaldi's Station.

When investors announced that the Atlanta and Charlotte Airline (railroad) was to cross the peninsula, local residents began building. Adam Stowe had constructed a house in the area when he returned from the Civil War, and with the pending arrival of the railroad, he built a general store. With rail construction underway, other South Forkers opened businesses and small industrial concerns. A Catholic mission opened in Belmont in 1876 and helped influence the selection of a new name for the community. Because another Garibaldi, Giuseppe Garibaldi, had been an important figure in wresting control of Rome from the Pope, Father Leo Raid, leader of the abbey, proposed that Garibaldi's Station be renamed St. Mary's. The locals objected to this name and suggested "Belmont," meaning "below the mountains." In 1886, the community's name was officially changed.

  1. Jennifer Marin and Sarah Woodard, Edwards-Pitman Environmental, Inc., Belmont Hosiery Mill, Gaston County, N.C., nomination document, 2002, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, Washington, D.C.

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