Half way between Raleigh and Greenville, Spring Hope invites traveler, antique collectors and the curious to experience a little bit of small town North Carolina. Take a side trip that is honestly just one minute north on 581 just off I-64 to or from the beach. Shop at family owned stores; visit the Historical Society; find medical attention; or just take a leisurely walk around town and see why some people wouldn’t live any other place.
Two dozen home have historical status in the State of North Carolina; in this folder there are photo vignettes that show of the more curious gables featuring Greek Revival and “carpenter gothic” detailing. Incorporated as a township in 1889, it was the lumber industry and a rail line that built Spring Hope, as well as farming. It is believed that an early country settler Daniel Crenshaw held hope against malice that the springs would rise forever fresh and pure on his farm…or maybe it was the hope for thirsty coach travelers…and how Spring Hope got its name. There is the cold winter legend of old York’s Bridge where they found a buggy and driver frozen solid on the bridge. The oldest church in town is the Shocco African-American Church, an 1870 standing landmark .
The town has had its notable leaders over the years. Claude C. Abernathy was 1941 Speaker of the House in the State General Assembly. Honored by a Town Hall placque, Capt Allen Barbee served the town as councilman and the mayor for eighteen years, and later served in the House of Representatives in the NC State Assembly for 26 years until 1987. Today Spring Hope has a population of nearly 1400, many of whom are fourth and fifth generation residents. New residents, retirees, and commuters are relocating to here, attracted by the friendly small town atmosphere, excellent schools and easy access to Rocky Mount and Raleigh. Real estate in Spring Hope has something for everyone from historic to new construction. Downtown Spring Hope is carefully preserved. Clustered around the old railroad depot, its business district remains almost intact with a full compliment of specialty shops, local retail and chain stores, pharmacy, restaurants ad health professional services. Minutes out of town are two of the area’s finest public golf courses.
On West Main Street one finds the Spring Hope Historical Museum- which opens Sunday and hosts walking tours on the second Saturday in April. The local Chamber of Commerce helps network businesses, old and new; its mission is the town’s growth and development. It’s a great little town; some say, Spring Hope is one of the best kept secrets in North Carolina