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Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County

Getting Started with Your Research

House Architectural Styles

Gaston County History

To understand the style of your home and design of your neighborhood, you will need an understanding of Gaston County, NC. This is particularly true for people living in a Historic District or one of the many mill villages that are scattered throughout Gaston County.

  • 920 RAG NC. The Textile Heritage of Gaston County, North Carolina, 1848-2000: One Hundred Mills and the Men Who Built Them.
    While many of the textile mills are gone, most of the mill villages that were built around them still exist.
  • 975.677 AHE NCC. Gastonia and Gaston County, North Carolina.
  • 975.677 WIL NCC. Gaston County: A Pictorial History.

Gaston County



Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

  • Access to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for North Carolina is available via Use the "Help" link to learn more about the information provided by these maps.
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  • The University of South Carolina provides an online digital collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of South Carolina that you can search by keyword or browse by city, county, or year.
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  • For more Sanborn maps, see Sanborn Maps Libguide.

Gaston County Records

There are a variety of records that you can use in your search for information about your house.



Author: Gaston County Public Library
Title: Researching the History of Your House in Gaston County
Revised: 25 September 2019

Digitized Gaston County Architecture and Engineering

The North Carolina Architects & Builders website has a biographical dictionary of architects and builders who have produced North Carolina's architecture for more than 300 years. You can search by name, building, work locations, trades, and years active.

Go to: http://ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.ed

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