Spend a day in Fort Mill
By Georgia Cox
Are you looking for a way to spend your time in Fort Mill? The Talon has found a few things you can do when spending a day in the town.
Start your day in Fort Mill by going for a hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Greenway is one of the highlights of the town, dating back decades. The land was reserved by Anne Springs Close in 1995 and is now used as an area to connect nature and community.
There are 21,000 acres to explore including dozens of hiking trails, a lake, and historical buildings. Along with the historical and natural aspect, there is also a small restaurant and an amphitheater where their summer concert series takes place. The Greenway offers events every day such as yoga, brunches, and live music. There is something for everyone at the Greenway. Entry to the Greenway costs $12 a day, but there is a membership available to purchase for $132 per year, and this membership allows you to go on as many hikes, or to as many events, as you want.
The Greenway offers events every day such as yoga, brunches, live music, and a Fall Artisan Market. The Artisan Market takes place on October 7, where items like candles, home decor, soaps, and holiday gifts are available to purchase from local vendors.
Fort Mill is home to a lot of interesting history, which you can learn about at the Fort Mill History Museum, located downtown. Visitors can learn about the people who inhabited the land before the settlers, those early settlers, and the mill that the town was named after. The museum offers walking tours and other events, such as a “Lanterns and Legends” tour that is available on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays in Oct. If you’re not already hooked, entry is free.
The Town of Fort Mill offers events throughout the year.
Until the end of October, you can buy products made by local vendors at the farmers’ market every weekend, located in Veterans Park.
Fort Mill also offers Weekends on Main, where the streets are blocked off and Fort Mill merchants offer products, also made locally. Weekends on Main take place October 6-8 and October 20-22 on Main Street.
The Scarecrow Crawl takes place from October 6-31, and you can participate by viewing the homemade scarecrows that line the streets of downtown Fort Mill.
The Fort Mill Fall Festival takes place in Walter Elisha Park on October 21. This event offers special fall activities and foods that are distributed by vendors, as well as live music at the Fort Mill Amphitheater. A costume contest also takes place that evening for all ages, so wear your best costume for a chance to win.
While downtown, you can also check out the small shops along Main. Moxie Mercantile, Vestique, and Crossings on Main are all local-owned boutiques with a variety of clothes, jewelry, household items, and gifts.
At the end of the day, you can stop by nearby restaurants on Main Street, too. Get a taste of authentic Southern barbeque at Improper Pig. If you’re looking for a more elevated dining experience, you can always stop by FM Eatery for small plates or Whitakers for Asian food. For dessert, stop by Whit’s Frozen Custard, Z Bakery, or Sweet Dough, which offers delicious sweet treats.
Although Fort Mill may seem like a sleepy, boring town, there are many things for people of all ages to enjoy. You just have to know what you’re looking for.