One of the fastest-growing areas of York County, SC is the Fort Mill area, which is just over the NC state line along I-77. A huge draw to the Fort Mill area is the Fort Mill school system, which is considered the best in the State of South Carolina. Many families who have jobs in North Carolina opt to buy homes in Fort Mill, SC because of its excellent school system, affordable homes and proximity to Lake Wylie recreation. In July of 2012
As the Herald reported; Family Circle magazine had the following post: "Family Circle, a family magazine with 19 million readers, lists Fort Mill among its “10 Best Towns For Families” in the August issue, which is on newsstands now. The listing is, according to the magazine, a “roundup of perfect places to call home” and was formed after a survey accounted for items like “affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces, strong public school systems and giving spirits.”
Fort Mill is also home to Baxter Village, a huge master-planned community with every convenience imaginable. Almost like a movie set in its perfection, Baxter Village features traditional, neo-Victorian homes among a town center with quaint village shops and restaurants, a community elementary school, YMCA and daycare center, public library, urgent care center, community pools, clubhouses, tennis courts and even a drive thru Starbucks at the Baxter main entrance! A never-ending list of Baxter community events helps with social bonding, yet even without them, Baxter would probably remain tight-knit. Some refer to this area as “Pleasantville”. Baxter is also close to excellent SC schools and SC golf courses.
Downtown Fort Mill is essentially a restored old mill town and train depot. The town was home to one of the oldest and largest textile mills in the U.S., Springs Mills. Springs was manufacturer of such iconic textile brands such as Springmaid, Wamsutta, Dundee, Wabasso, Bali, Graber, Ultrasude, and Ultraleather. The Springs family has been in control since its inception in 1887 but went public in 1966 and the family (Springs, Close and Bowles families) stills retain a major interest in the historic firm.
Sidewalks and walking paths from connect Tega Cay to downtown Fort Mill. The Anne Springs Close Greenway, parks and peach farms provide lots of open space. A popular place to buy fresh peaches, preserves and wonderful meats is The Peach Stand near Baxter Village on Hwy 160.