Welcome to the Fort Mill SC History Museum
The Life & Times of the First Cultures In the Palmetto State
November 20, 2013 to March 1, 2014
During the Ice Age water frozen in glaciers lowered sea levels and exposed land. Anthropologists and archaeologists believe that a land bridge emerged connecting Russia and Alaska between 14,000 and 12,000 years ago. The earliest people, PaleoIndians, crossed it to North America following game and exploring land. Within 1,000 years of their immigration, what is now South Carolina had its earliest residents.
Museum will be open extended hours for the duration of this exhibit.
Review First Carolinians Exhibit flyer.
July 17, 2013 - March 1, 2014
Indian Agent Hugh White's land lease rent book dates back to the late 1700's & early 1800's. The book documents and tracks land leases between the Catawba and white settlers in the greater York County area. Look forward to highlights from the book on Fort Mill and local historical landmarks.
The Ardrey Collection: Fort Mill's Courageous Company G
Donated by Jim Ardrey of Fort Mill, the newly accessioned Ardrey Collection takes us back 95 years to a time when the men of Fort Mill were called to serve in a war unlike the world had ever seen.
The Fort Mill men of Company G, 118th Infantry, 30th Division, were among those U.S. soldiers who saw the most action in World War I. Along with the other York County National Guard Company that made up the old 1st S.C. Infantry, Company G was called into services days after the U.S. declared war in April 1917. Their regiment, the 118th Infantry, was the first to reach Camp Sevier in Greenville for training, the first regiment in the 30th Division to arrive in France, the first U.S. regiment to enter Belgium and the first to reach the Germans' "impregnable" Hindenburg Line, making the first attack on it on September 27, 1918. ........ Read more
The Fort Mill History Museum is formed to provide a place where local history is collected and research is performed so people can visit and actively participate in the preservation and enjoyment of the past. The museum will collect, display and preserve all necessary artifacts, cultural writings, documents, photographs, film footage and related historical treasures that contributed to the development of Fort Mill, South Carolina and its outlying locales. This collection will be used to educate and give a tangible understanding of the stages of development of the town, its people and industry.
Programs will be provided that enhance the understanding and education of local history both within the museum and to external locations such as historical tours/sites, schools and civic organizations.
Exhibits will consist of museum owned items and periodic scheduled private on-loan collections.
Our Primary Goal
its pre-history and history, its people and institutions, and its cultural and economic development.
Core Principles and Values
- Collect items and information of historical and meaningful significance to this community.
- Preserve information and historic assets in an orderly, consistent and factual manner to maintain integrity and public trust.
- Research with enthusiasm, thoroughness and truthfulness to ensure no compromise of what history reveals.
- Share items and information in a credible and non-judgmental manner and provide Fort Mill residents with an enhanced sense of place and history.
- Remain family-oriented and provide an affordable, educational and enjoyable visitor experience to the public.
- Maintain a volunteer component in the operations, planning, and decision-making process.
- Be recognized for excellence in the museum community and a notable public attraction in the upcountry of South Carolina.
- Be a visible and valued institution in the local area by being both inviting and accessible to visitors
- Be financially sound and recognized as an important historical and educational resource in regards to Fort Mill history.
Adults 19 and up - $5.00
Students 7 - 18 - $2.00
Children 6 and under free
(2 children per paid Adult or $2.00/per child)
Museum Members free
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