Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Fort Mill

Marker ID: SCHM 46-21
Location: Corner of Main & White Streets, Fort Mill
County: York
Coordinates: N 35° 0.432    W 080° 56.71
  35.0072    -80.94516666
Style: Free Standing **


Fort Mill was established on land received in 1787 by Thomas Spratt, one of the first settlers in this area. According to local tradition, the 4,535 - acre tract in Catawba Indian territory was given Spratt by the Catawbas who were grateful for his assistance in routing the Shawnees from their lands.

Fort Mill is said to have taken its name from Webb´s Grist Mill and a Catawba Indian fort near here. The post office was established in 1811 and named Fort Mill in 1833. Fort Mill Mfg. Co. (now Springs Mills) began here in 1887. Area native Leroy Springs later became its president. By the time of his death in 1931, Springs was a nationally - known textile magnate.

Erected by York County Historical Commission - 1982