Anyone will tell you that the key to buying and selling real estate is location, location, location. Fort Mill, SC is wedged between the two metropolitan cities of Charlotte, NC to the north and Rock Hill, SC to the south. Once a sleepy bedroom community of Charlotte, Fort Mill is now a thriving self supportive township. Approximately 10,811 people live inside the town's corporate limits as of the 2010 Census with a total of 36,119 people residing within the entire urban area
The first settlers of the Fort Mill area were the Catawba Indians. Their numbers diminished greatly in the 1700’s when smallpox epidemic and other diseases took their toll on the tribe’s members. One of the first non Indian settlers was Thomas Spratt. Spratt befriended the Indians and was given 3200 acres of land. Congressman John Spratt Jr is a descendent of Thomas Spratt.
Fort Mill actually got its name around 1830. It was named after a grist mill on Steele Creek and a small fort build by the British in the 1750s. Fort Mill was chartered as a town in 1873 and in 1887 the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company was founded by Samuel Elliott White, paving the way for Springs Global, Fort Mill’s primary employer for many years.
The Close Family, Fort Mill’s biggest benefactor and heirs to home furnishing giant, Springs Industries created Clear Springs Development Company and developed The Clear Springs Plan to encourage careful growth in the town they continue to live in and have helped foster for over 200 years. The plan includes oversight of the family’s 7,000 acres in and around Fort Mill. Clear Springs is responsible for major residential areas like Baxter Village and Springfield, the 2300 acre Anne Springs Close Greenway, and many areas of commercial development like Kingsley Park, Baxter Town Center, Avery Plaza and others. Our education system has also benefited greatly from the Springs/Close family’s generosity. Fort Mill benefits from other large employer’s too. Citi Financial, Baldor, Black & Decker, and Muzak all have a stake in Fort Mill.
Fort Mill Schools (including Tega Cay) along with Clover, Rock Hill, and York enjoy the honor of being the best school system in all of South Carolina with the Fort Mill School District 4 leading the pack. According to the SC Department of Education, the Fort Mill School District gets an Absolute Rating of “Excellent” and sends 93% of high school seniors on to college.
I just can’t think of a better place to live! Paramount Carowinds 108 acre theme park is here, the Charlotte Knights AAA baseball team is here, there are countless parks and recreation areas in Fort Mill. If you want to stretch your legs, the Appalachian Mountains aren’t too far, the Atlantic Ocean is not too far, and Charlotte Douglas International Airport will get you anywhere you want to go. But with the big city life of Charlotte close by and beautiful Lake Wylie in your back yard, Fort Mill affords the opportunity to work hard and play hard without having to travel very far at all.
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