Belmont is surrounded by beautiful North Carolina nature, including the Catawba River, Lake Wylie and beautiful lush forests. Located about 13 miles west of uptown Charlotte and 9 miles east of Gastonia Belmont boasts an ever growing population of 12,054 as recorded in the census of 2019.
In 1865 Abraham Stowe built a store and home that now serves as the city’s center. Development expanded with the building of the Atlanta & Richmond Air Line across the area and a depot and post office were established. The original depot known then as the Garibaldi Station was changed to Belmont in 1886 and the city was incorporated as a town in 1895 with the state of North Carolina. The 500 acre Greene Washington Caldwell plantation was purchased by Father Jeremiah J. O’Connell, a Catholic priest and that property is known today as Belmont Abbey College. The name Belmont means “beautiful mountain” and is today a small walkable, vibrant town.