History

  • In the late 1800’s Needham Norris had a grist mill at the lake.
  • In 1892 John Mills bought the property and named the lake Mills Pond
  • Of the original lake, people recall an old country store on its banks in the early 1900’s where people could relax and the porch and where it was $.50 to fish
  • The old grist mill collapsed during a May 1949 storm
  • Harry Cornell purchased the lake in the early 1950’s and renamed it Bass Lake, reflecting his love of nature and wildlife
  • In 1996 during Hurricane Fran the dam burst and the lake drained dry
  • In 1999 the Town of Holly Springs acquired the property and began an ambitious lake restoration project
  • The restoration was completed and the lake open to the public in 2004
  • People can once again relax on the porch or they can fish for free
  • It has been a favorite spot for fishing, family picnics and baptisms for over 150 years
  • It is fed by three (3) creeks
History of Bass Lake Sign