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Gastonia is the county seat for Gaston County and where two thirds of the county’s residents live. It is also considered part of the Charlotte Metropolitan statistical area. Gastonia is located about 19 miles west of Charlotte, North Carolina and interstate I-85 runs through the town. Gastonians enjoy easy access to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. The city also has its own municipal Airport as well as being served by Amtrak, Charlotte Area transport, and a local bus route, Gastonia transit. The town of Gastonia has experienced around a 10% growth in the last 15 years and all signs indicate it will continue to thrive.
Gastonia features a smaller community living atmosphere with many cultural, entertainment, and educational opportunities. Gastonia has moved from its original agricultural background into a thriving community, hosting a strong manufacturing workforce, as well as museums and vacation entertainment opportunities. It also features an excellent public education system with grades kindergarten through 12. There are also several private schools available within the city. Gastonia also has the Gaston Mall which boasts over 100 stores.
Gastonia was named after Supreme Court judge and Governor William Gaston September 19, 1778 - January 23, 1844. Gastonia shares a common history with Charlotte North Carolina. Gastonia is also well known for its large number of churches, and the Baptist and Methodist communities have a strong influence on the town's history.
For a small community of 66,000 people Gastonia hosts a number of attractions not often found in a town this size. The town of Gastonia is the home of The Schiele Museum of Natural History which features lifelike dioramas, collections of rocks from the southeast, displays on biotechnology commercial fishing in coastal erosion, and a planetarium.
Daniel Stowe’s botanical gardens are also to be found in Gastonia, North Carolina. This gorgeous botanical Garden is situated on 350 square acres with a woodland trail, fountains, and an Orchid Conservatory. The orchid Conservatory is the only public Conservatory in the region that features tropical plants and is intended to be a year-round attraction.
Part of the Crowders Mountain State Park is within the city limits in this area is popular with fans of outdoor activities. There are several hiking trails located in the Crowders Mountain State Park and those leading to the summit of Crowders Mountain are marked as strenuous. Gastonia also has its own American Military Museum with a large collection of military memorabilia and artifacts that cover the civil war period all the way to Desert Storm.
Gastonia, North Carolina has been the home for many notable figures. African American muralist John T. Biggers was born in Gastonia. NBA stars James Worthy, Eric “Sleepy” Floyd, and Darrell Armstrong attended high school in Gastonia. MLB pitcher Kevin Millwood and MLB player Wesley Ray Helms attended high school in Gastonia. Television evangelist Ernest Angley was born in, and raised in the Gastonia area.
Gastonia, North Carolina has done an outstanding job of retaining its small-town feel with the attractions that are normally featured only within larger communities. The Gastonia has a very active city Council whose focus is on the economic growth and health of the community as a whole. Gastonia offers many incentives for the business owner. And if the multitude of entertainment choices within the immediate Gastonia area are not enough, then it's only a quick drive to Charlotte North Carolina and its fine dining and nightlife.
The Gastonia area has many attractions on its own as well as a family focused living environment and its proximity to the greater employment opportunities within the Charlotte North Carolina area make it a great choice for living and working in North Carolina.
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