The Belmont Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Belmont, NC and its immediate surrounding area. The BHS is recording the places , the people, and the times from the past that have made Belmont the community that it is. The BHS traces Belmont from the early days, (even before its original name of Garibaldi), through the years as a textile manufacturing giant, to the current days of a growing community of interesting people and places. Belmont, NC has a well documented history via the written word from books, photographs and stories passed on by word of mouth…some not yet captured for the citizens of the future. Come in and see the huge collections of photos, videos, books and artifacts obtained from the citizens of the Belmont community.
The Belmont Historical Society, Inc., a Cultural and Heritage Learning Center, has six main rooms and two large halls. The rooms and main hall are named for Belmont’s early doctors. Each area contains furnishings, artifacts, and pictures which tell the history of Belmont from the time of the Indians who wandered through and camped here, up through the textile age. One room contains a VHS/DVD player to view videos of oral histories, early times and other subjects. A reading library contains books about Belmont’s early history, genealogies of some families, etc. These can be used at the center for research or just pleasure. Showcases throughout the house contain artifacts and displays pertinent to the history of the greater Belmont area.
Donations of artifacts that are pertinent to the history of Belmont may be accepted. These should be items for which we have room for display or storage. Contact us by email, facebook or by phone to donate.
The center is also the site of the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. This is an additional display of all the athletes who have been inducted over the years.
We have a working relationship with Allen Millican’s Pictorial History Museum across the street at 35 Catawba Street. He houses thousands of pictures of Belmont and the surrounding area. Walking in the door is a walk back in time.