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Holden Beach Turns 50 - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates would like to wish a very special Happy 50th Birthday to Holden Beach! Whether you're a frequent visitor or you're lucky enough to call Holden Beach your home, you know that any time spent in this fantastic town becomes an unforgettable memory.

The History of Holden Beach

For half of a century, the town of Holden Beach has been a favorite vacation destination for thousands of visitors. As a perfect place on the North Carolina coast for outdoor and watersports, Holden Beach is regularly ranked one of the top beaches for families in the United States. From kayaking and surfing to volleyball and sunbathing, Holden Beach has sandy and salty fun for everyone.

Long before it was a tourism hub, this 100-acre sandy stretch of land was purchased by Benjamin Holden. Three generations later, his great-grandson John Holden, Jr., started a successful fishery that persisted through the 1920s, even during the Depression years. John's success enabled him to build the "Old Hotel" in 1924.

During the 1930s, John's son Luther began building more cottages on the island to attract visitors to the beach, thus increasing tourism by the thousands all the way until the 1950s. Unfortunately, Hurricane Hazel destroyed most structures on Holden Beach, setting their progress back a full decade. By the 1980s, however, over 600 new cottages were built. That number jumped to over 2,500 in the early 2000s.

Today, Holden Beach is enjoyed by thousands of residents and guests alike. The warm family atmosphere and enduring spirit of this town are truly felt along the waterfront where adults and kids of all ages laugh, play and make memories together.

Celebrate Holden Beach's 50th Anniversary

On Thursday, February 14th, you're invited to celebrate the bicentennial of Holden Beach at the Holden Beach Town Hall Public Assembly. Beginning at 2 p.m., cake and ice cream will be served as guests help create a 50th Anniversary Time Capsule. The fun continues on Saturday, February, 16th, as the Town Hall hosts a dinner featuring a presentation on the town's history. Following the dinner, you'll head down to the bonfire at the beach, where you can share your own personal history living or vacationing on Holden Beach.

All of us at Margaret Rudd & Associates hope to see you there!

Make Holden Beach Your Home

You don't have to visit Holden Beach — you can call it home! There are many wonderful Holden Beach homes for sale that we're sure you'll fall in love with. From quaint vacation homes to spacious houses where your family can grow, Holden Beach is sure to have a property that matches your needs and budget. Contact us today and let Margaret Rudd & Associates amazing team of REALTORS® help you find the perfect home on Holden Beach!