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Holly Pond

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Holly Pond is located in Cullman County, in the north-central part of the state. Former governor Guy Hunt and renowned instrument maker Arlin Moon were born and grew up in Holly Pond.
History
Arlin Moon Homestead, 1985
The area that became Holly Pond was first settled in the early 1840s. It was attractive to settlers because of two natural ponds surrounded by holly trees, from which the town derived its name. Settlers began to make formal land claims in the mid-1850s after the North and South Railroad (later bought by the Louisville and Nashville line) was awarded several sections of land along its line, while other sections were opened to settlement. By 1888, the town had grown enough to warrant its own post office, and by 1896 the area boasted two doctors, several stores, and its own school. A phone system was installed in 1904, and the town was incorporated in 1906. The high school became the first in Cullman County to have its own library in 1908. The town built a new high school in 1928, which burned in 1951 and was replaced in 1953. A new post office was constructed in 1969.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Holly Pond recorded a population of 1,146. Of that number, 95.4 percent identified themselves as white, 3.9 percent as Native American, 0.6 percent as Black, 0.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.1 percent as two or more races. The city's median household income was $38,482, and the per capita income was $18,090.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Holly Pond was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance (19.8 percent)
  • Manufacturing (15.3 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (11.9 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (10.3 percent)
  • Retail trade (10.1 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing and utilities (7.8 percent)
  • Construction (6.9 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (5.2 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
  • Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.9 percent)
  • Public administration (2.2 percent)
  • Information (1.3 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (1.1 percent)
Education
Schools in Holly Pond are part of the Cullman County School District; the town has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
Transportation
U.S. Highway 278 runs east-west through Holly Pond, State Road 91 runs south from the city, and County Road 55/1669 runs southeast.
Events and Places of Interest
Holly Pond holds a Founders Day celebration the final weekend in August. Events include a produce show, baked goods contest, traditional games such as a pie-eating contest and a hog-calling contest, a parade, arts, crafts, and food vendors, and arcade games. It is held at Lions Club Park.

Additional Resources

Cullman County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Cullman County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 1999.
Nuss, Jewell Tanner. Calendar Memories: Holly Pond, Alabama, 1870-1869. New York: Exposition Press, 1969.
Scott, Dan J., Brenda H. Scott, Michael B. Wisener, and Amelia Wisener. A History of Holly Pond and Its People. Holly Pond, Ala.: S&W Publications, 1989.
Published:  December 27, 2011   |   Last updated:  August 28, 2020