Holden Beach, North Carolina

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Holden Beach is a seaside town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, USA. The population was 787 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Holden Beach is located at 33°54′55″N 78°17′11″W / 33.915271°N 78.286459°W / 33.915271; -78.286459.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.9 km2).3.0 square miles (7.7 km2) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km2) of it (13.95%) is water.


The Holden Beach Mayor is J. Alan Holden and the Mayor Pro-Tem is Don Glander. Commissioners are Ray Lehr, Sheila Young, Ken Kyser and Sandy Miller.


Before the American Revolution, early settlers seeking land near Lockwood's Folly River applied for patents and received warrants for surveys of selected tracts. Upon payment of fifty shillings for each 100 acres (400,000 m2), the warrantee could receive a permanent grant for Royal Governor Arthur Dobbs.

Benjamin Holden in 1756 bought four mainland tracts and the island between his plantation and the ocean. This island extended from Lockwood's Folly Inlet west six miles (10 km) to Bacon Inlet. Benjamin and his sons used the island for fishing and cattle grazing.

John Holden, Benjamin's grandson, started a commercial fishery on the island and in 1924 surveyed a section which he called Holden Beach Resort, the plat of which represented the first subdivision of beach property in Brunswick County (NC). In 1925, he built the Holden Beach bridge; it was subsequently destroyed by the Inland Waterway construction. "Mr. Johnny" negotiated with the state of North Carolina for the institution of a public ferry to reach the island, but he did not live to see the ferry begin operation in 1934.

Luther S. Holden, John's son, operated the old hotel that his father had built, started development of the property nearby and became a permanent resident in 1946. Soon afterwards, Luther S. Holden's son (John F. Holden) began building other homes and renting them to vacationers. Soon afterwards, smaller other developments were started west of the ferry location. Back in the early 1940s one could buy an oceanfront house with the land for about $600 dollars. John F. Holden and his wife Johnsie M. Holden actually began the development of Holden Beach that would slowly become a resort area. John and Johnsie Holden had two sons who are named Lyn Holden and J. Alan Holden. Lyn has four children and Alan one son. Lyn and Alan are the 7th generation of Holden's to live on Holden Beach. Alan's son, and his family live on the island today as well.

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