How the town earned its name…
History of Fort Mill
In 1756, when the British and English fought for control of North America, Catawba Indians asked the British for a fort to protect their women and children. Though never completed, the fort was a landmark in the area. A second landmark, a gristmill built where Nation Fort Road crosses Steele Creek, gave Fort Mill the rest of its name.
In the mid-1700s, many Scots-Irish traveled south from Pennsylvania on the Great Wagon Road, bringing their Protestant religion with them. Two of the newcomers were Thomas Spratt and his wife, who spent the night among the friendly Catawba. Thomas Spratt became a friend of the tribesmen, who gave him the name of Kanawha, and he planted his roots in Fort Mill. Descendants of Thomas Spratt still live here.
A tiny park on Main Street in Fort Mill honors the Catawba and the history of the town. You can learn more about local history at the Fort Mill History Museum, 107 Clebourne Street.
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