Holly Ridge Homes for Sale

Holly Ridge, in southern Onslow County on what is now U.S. 17, was established around 1890 as a fuel stop for the Atlantic Coast Line railroad. As late as 1940, the unincorporated community had a population of about 28, with two stores, seven houses and a 40-by-40 foot train station.

All that changed abruptly, though, in November 1940 when the U.S. War Department announced plans to build a major anti-aircraft artillery training center at the site.