Fort Mill has grown is size over the last 20 years with a current estimated population of 18,000 people. Fort Mill is a small, picturesque town full of history. Originally called “Little York” and later “Fort Hill”, Fort Mill eventually took its name from a colonial-era British fort and a grist mill that operated on nearby Steele Creek. After the establishment of the Fort Mill Manufacturing Company in 1887, Fort Mill grew into a major center for textile manufacturing.
In the town itself, there are shopping opportunities, dining and plenty of small town entertainment and activities. From the Millbank Community, downtown Fort Mill is a pleasant 10 minute walk, or quick drive. Whatever your pleasure, this quaint southern town can provide! If you are interested in southern culinary, the Local Dish, Hobos, Improper Pig and Southern Sugar are excellent dining venues to visit. How about meeting neighbors for coffee? Fort Mill has the one and only Mud Puddle! Finally, if you are interested in locally crafted beers, Armor Artis Brewing may be your spot.
You’ll find other communities close by that offer more options too – Baxter Village and Kingsley. Baxter Village has great places to eat, drink and shop all in one area – including local businesses, a library, and a YMCA. CupCrazed bakery was featured and won “Cupcake Wars”. Kingsley is another option for food, entertainment, business space and medical facilities. Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy a Barre 3, Orange Theory, and Carolina Yoga.
Last but certainly not least, Fort Mill has its very own Greenway. The Anne Springs Close Greenway serves as a nature buffer from urban development and a place to enjoy the great outdoors. The land was donated by the children of Anne Springs Close to honor her lifelong commitment to recreation and the environment. The Greenway is a protected natural area which features hiking, biking, horseback riding and various events. The 2100-acre greenway has forests, lakes and pastures. It hosts special events like trail races, summer concerts, winter holiday market, goat yoga and a dog park.