Kathiey" A-Z Adventure…."B" is for Belmont.

You know the old saying…"When your life gives you lemons, make lemonade"?  Well that is what I decided to do.  I am taking, what I have termed, an A-Z adventure through NC.  I decided to start with "B" for Belmont.
Why did I choose Belmont?  I wanted to visit Daniel Stowe Botanital Gardens and Belmont Abbey.  
The town itself is very nice.  A bit like stepping back in time.  I found the locals to be friendly and welcoming.  Here is a quote from The City of Belmont...

"Belmont is a small town in the Charlotte region that offers a great quality of life. It is a town where people enjoy strolling down Main Street to shop, get a bite to eat, or go to one of the many events in the downtown park. Belmont is home to Belmont Abbey College, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden".

I thought I would start my adventure on Main Street….I will put some facts I found on Wikipedia, Visit Belmont Website, & City/Town Info between the photos so you can learn more about Belmont NC….
Belmont is a small suburban city in Gaston County NC  located about 15 miles west of uptown Charlotte and 9 miles east of Gastonia. The population was 10,076 at the 2010 census. 
Settlement in the Belmont area began around the colonial-era Fort at the Point, built in the 1750s by Dutch settler James Kuykendall and others near the junction of the South Fork and the Catawba River. The fort was built because of ongoing hostilities with the Cherokee, but it was apparently never attacked.
The textile industry was once the core of Belmont's economy, but due to most textile facilities moving overseas, Belmont's motto "The City of Diversified Textiles" is no longer relevant.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of rich forests, rolling hills and rambling banks of Lake Wylie and the Catawba River, Belmont beckons a wealth of year-long visitors with varied interests. Once a community where the textile industry served as the lifeblood,.
Belmont is a burgeoning success story of thriving growth and redevelopment. A picturesque blend of old-fashioned nuances, Belmont offers historical homes, streetlamps, brick sidewalks and the simpler times of “back then".

Belmont allows visitors to take advantage of big-city amenities while enjoying a comfortable stay in 
a place with small city charm.
The early settlers of the Belmont area concentrated around the site of the colonial–era Fort, which was constructed by the Dutch around 1750. In the late 1800s, Abram Stowe built a Greek Revival home and a small mercantile store.
The Atlanta and Richmond Air Line Railway was established in 1871, and Stowe became its town depot agent. The community's rail road stop was called "Garibaldi Station" in honor of John Garibaldi, who was responsible for supervising the construction of a water tank near the rail road.
 In 1872, a Roman Catholic Missionary priest bought 500 acres in the area, and donated it to Saint Vincent's Arch–abbey. A school was eventually established on this land. Bishop Leo Haid, who founded the school, was instrumental in changing the name of the community from "Garibaldi Station" to "Belmont" in 1883. This name was in honor of a prominent New York banker, August Belmont. 
Belmont was incorporated in 1895.

 Gaston County Museum of Art and History houses artifacts which depict the history and culture of the region. Schiele Museum's exhibits reflect the natural history of the Carolinas' Piedmont. Belmont is also home to the Piedmont Carolinas Railroad Museum. Historic Rosedale Plantation, President James K. Polk State Historic Site, Historic Rural Hill Farm, and Latta Plantation are some of the historic sites nearby. 
 Crowders Mountain State Park, and Kings Mountain State Park are two popular parks in the area where visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, horseback riding, rock climbing, canoeing, picnicking, and camping.

 Shopping Salons and Spas
Attractions and Hot Spots..
 Belmont Events and Festivals
I really enjoyed my time in Belmont.  I stayed in the local Hampton Inn which was very nice. I did get to visit The Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and Belmont Abbey.  I will be blogging with more detail on the Gardens, a bit on the Abbey and the restaurants I visited, along with some church photos.
Get out and explore.
If you are near Belmont I suggest you check it out.
Enjoy Your World:-)

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