There are two Belmonts in the Charlotte area: the city of Belmont and the Charlotte neighborhood of Belmont. It’s an appropriate name for the area since in the right locations on a clear day, you can see Crowders Mountain (Belmont means beautiful mountain).
The town of Belmont was originally settled in the late 1700’s as a fort along the South Fork river to defend against Cherokee attacks. Then, like so many towns in the area, it boomed after the Civil War with the emergence of the textile industry. From the turn of the century until the 30’s, twenty mills were operating in Belmont along with Belmont Abbey College, a private Catholic liberal arts college (the only one in North Carolina).
While the textile industry is long gone, Belmont is experiencing a renaissance as a bedroom community of Charlotte with a vibrant downtown. Officially considered a historic landmark, downtown Belmont features many new restaurants, shops, and parks. Trainspotters will appreciate Stowe Park, which is adjacent to the former Garibaldi Station (now a bicycle shop) and a active train stop. Downtown Belmont is also home to Nellie’s, a restaurant owned by the father of the Jonas Brothers.
Another regional draw is the new Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, which is situated along the Catawba River and will have a pier to allow access. Anyone looking for a community with historic houses, a walkable downtown, and easy access to Uptown Charlotte should seriously consider Belmont, North Carolina.