The residents of Holden Beach, long regarded as one of North Carolina’s most beautiful barrier islands, are committed to protecting the natural beauty and serenity of the island for generations to come. Located at the southern tip of North Carolina, the beach runs east-west, providing interesting and magnificent vistas morning and night. The sun seems to rise directly out of the ocean, then set gently back into the peaceful Atlantic.
At eight miles, Holden Beach is the longest, and also the largest, of the three South Brunswick Islands. There are few commercial establishments on the island itself, but not far away are the shops and museums of Wilmington to the northeast, entertainment options in Myrtle Beach to the southwest, services in nearby Shallotte and seafood restaurants in all directions. Unlike some of its glitzier counterparts, the island has managed to accommodate waves of real estate development without surrendering its relaxed, family feel.
Before modern-day amenities made living on Holden Beach year-round attractive –or even possible– Holden Beach wasn’t an island at all. In 1756, Benjamin Holden was granted a purchase patent allowing him to buy land for a plantation and the adjoining 100 acres of oceanfront “between Lockwoods Folly and Bacons Inlett.” Two other families acquired land nearby. What we know today as the island of Holden Beach comprises the original Holdens Beach, Robinson’s Beach and the beach owned by the Bellamys. At low tide, people could walk across the marsh from the mainland to catch fish or gather clams and oysters.
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