FORT MILL TOWNSHIP
How was Fort Mill Named?
Fort Mill was started around a train station that served the Charlotte / Columbia / Augusta railroad. The name was derived from a Colonial-era fort that was planned but never built just to the south of the town and a grist mill that was located on nearby Steele Creek.
Our Great Town - Fort Mill, South Carolina
Take a walk through Fort Mill's historic downtown and you can step back in time. Some of the buildings on Main Street date back to the late 1800s and provide evidence of the growth of the business district during this period in time.
It's easy to feel at home here.
About Our Town
- the arts
Confederate Park and the Bandstand are the dominant features of Fort Mill's downtown. Both have been the scene of political rallies, weddings, concerts in the park and all manner of events that showcase life here.
Statue in Confederate Park Main Street Fort Mill SC About one-fourth of Fort Mill's downtown is devoted to Confederate Park. The people of Fort Mill raised money to build a "Temple of Patriotism" to honor those who served in the Civil War. The first monument, dedicated to the soldiers of the Confederacy, was erected in 1895; the second, dedicated to the women of the Confederacy; a third for the "faithful black slaves," thought to be the only one of its kind; and a fourth, topped by a young Catawba brave, dedicated to the Catawba Indians who served in the army.
That spirit of cooperation is still evident today. The historic Spratt Building, a former bank, is now Fort Mill's community and civic center, where people can gather to celebrate with families and neighbors.
Faith is just as important. Fort Mill has many churches. One of the most notable is Unity Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in eastern York County. It was organized in 1788. The church is one of 11 buildings in the Town of Fort Mill on the National Register of Historic Places.
View of train across Main Street from Confederate Park Fort Mill SC
Much of Fort Mill's growth is attributed to the railroad. In 1852, the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad first traveled through the area, stopping at the railroad station. Trains still rumble through downtown.
While fleeing from Richmond, VA in 1865, the Confederate Cabinet passed through the area. Its members spent three days and nights at Springfield, which is located on U.S. Highway 21. The last meeting of the full Confederate Cabinet was held at the White Homestead in downtown Fort Mill.
Textiles and the railroad brought prosperity, and Elliott White Springs -- World War I flying ace, best-selling author, eccentric and Springs Industries patriarch - brought prominence.
Downtown Fort Mill is now home to thriving antiques markets, gift shops, restaurants, spas and salons and professional offices.
Year round, the residents of Fort Mill come together in downtown Fort Mill to celebrate with family and friends.
In the Spring of each year, Fort Mill hosts the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival, a family-oriented celebration of spring. This event is held in Walter Y. Elisha Park on North White Street. There's always great entertainment, lots of locally prepared food, the Fort Mill Thunder Car Show, and children's activities.
Firing of cannon on July 4th in Confederate Park Fort Mill SC
Each Fourth of July, re-enactors man the still-working cannons in Confederate Park, firing off a volley that rattles windows throughout downtown.
Art on Main, is held in the Fall of each year. Artists and master craftsmen line Main Street to market their beautiful works of art! There's a special display of artwork created by our talented student artists. Local non-profit organizations serve up food along with our local downtown restaurants and there's live entertainment on the bandstand in historic Confederate Park! This event is hosted by the Fort Mill History Museum.
The annual Fall Festival, hosted by the Town of Fort Mill, features trick or treating on Main Street for local children, as well as an opportunity to help children's organizations.
Football Friday Nights on Main support the Foundation for Fort Mill Schools, and is a family-oriented celebration held on particular Friday nights in the Fall each year. These events include food and drink, live entertainment and a DJ, and amusement. These events are hosted by the Elks Lodge of Fort Mill and the Fort Mill Economic Council.
Fort Mill now has a population of more than 11,000 and an estimated 40,000 within the entire township.
Among our many assets are numerous churches, an excellent public school system, the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex, the YMCA at Baxter, Paramount's Carowinds theme park, five golf courses, numerous civic groups and a very rich history!
Walter Elisha Park Fort Mill SC Just incorporated into the city limits is the Anne Springs Close Greenway - 2,300 acres of protected green space with 32 miles of horse and walking trails, campsites, mountain biking, a 28-acre reservoir for fishing and a nature center.
There are neighborhood parks all over town. The Walter Y. Elisha Park on North White Street has running/walking trails, fitness equipment and a playground.
The Charlotte Knights baseball team is also located in the Fort Mill Township.
If shopping is your preferred recreational activity, you'll want to check out the shops and restaurants in our historic downtown area and all along Highway 160, from Tega Cay to the west of Fort Mill to the Indian Land and Ballantyne area to the east. Charlotte, NC is just a few minutes north on I-77 and Rock Hill is a few minutes south on U.S. Highway 21.
Indulge in local arts year-round.
The Fort Mill Community Playhouse performs comedy and drama throughout the year.
Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps is a Fort Mill-based group comprised of students aged 15 to 21 from all over the United States. A world-class drum and bugle corps, Carolina Crown travels throughout the country and performs in front of tens of thousands of people each year.
Art on Main, sponsored by the Fort Mill History Museum, in early fall.
Quality education is available in the area. The Fort Mill School Distict is one of the best public school systems in the state.
Nearby Lancaster School District which includes the Indian Land schools
Rock Hill is home to Winthrop University, York Technical College, and Clinton Junior College, three outstanding higher educational facilities.
Nearby Lancaster is the home of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.
Here are some additional links that might help you learn more about our Fort Mill area.
York County Library
Town of Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fort Mill Times
Fort Mill Area Council of York County Regional Chamber of Commerce
Olde English District Commission
SCIway - South Carolina Information Highway