Situated in northeastern Gaston County, Stanley was originally known as Brevard Station for an 1860 depot named for the original landowners. Like many communities in Gaston County, modern Stanley preserves the legacy of the former Stanley Creek Cotton Mills in it name. Several flourishing companies are located in this area, adding opportunities for local employment to the pleasures of small-town living. Residents have the advantage of the CaroMont Health system and Gaston Memorial Hospital, named one of the nation's top 100 hospitals. In addition to the community parks with walking paths and sports fields, regional recreational amenities and outdoor adventures close to home range from tennis courts, skating rinks, and championship golf courses to pristine environments for camping, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and water sports. Gastonia is home to two of Metropolitan Charlotte's largest shopping centers. The county's art council ensures that top-name companies and touring groups are featured on local stages.