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  • Area Attractions

    Natural/Historic Areas

    Located nine miles north of Lancaster, the 360-acre Andrew Jackson State Park features a museum and one-room schoolhouse reminiscent of the Jackson era. Recreational opportunities include a 25-site family campground, a seven-acre fishing lake with rental boats, picnic shelters, nature trails and a playground. Both a Meeting House (complete with kitchenette) and a 7,500 square-foot outdoor amphitheatre can be rented for special events.  The focal point of the grounds is an equestrian statue of young Andrew Jackson by famed sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington.

    Forty-Acre Rock is a geological phenomenon featuring a 14-acre flat granite rock and at least twenty unusual and endangered plant species. A National Natural Landmark, the Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area encompasses 2,267 acres of the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont region that also includes waterslides, waterfalls, beaver pond, caves, hardwood and pine forests, and a variety of wildflowers and wildlife.  Located 15 miles southeast of Lancaster on Conservancy Road.

    Hanging Rock Battleground, a Revolutionary War battle site, features a walking trail along which can be seen the Hanging Rock's unusual shape and appearance, wall flowers, an old mill site and a bridge spanning the Catawba Indian Path. Approximately five miles south of the town of Heath Springs, off Flat Rock Road.

    Landsford Canal State Park spans Lancaster and Chester Counties on both sides of the Catawba River. The last of a dozen 19th century South Carolina river canals, Landsford Canal has all of its major features intact. The park has a trail along the canal and a Lockkeeper's house which contains interpretive exhibits on the canal system in South Carolina. The park is home to one of the largest populations of the rare rocky shoals spider lilies that are beautifully in full-bloom from mid-May to mid-June.

    Golf, Golf, Golf!

    Four outstanding 18-hole courses ready to challenge both new and experienced duffers….Begin in Indian Land with the Sun City Carolina Lakes Golf Club—Opened in 2006, the course has already been nominated by Golf Digest as one of the best values to tee off. Drive down to Lancaster to enjoy the 6500-yard championship Lancaster Golf Club which boasts fast greens and some cleverly designed holes, including its signature island par-3 #7. Ten miles from downtown Lancaster, Edgewater Golf Club held its grand opening in September, 2008. Golfers enjoy the panoramic views that look more like a mountain course. Water does not come into play on many shots, although several holes border Fishing Creek Lake.  Complete your golf trip at the Kershaw Golf Course, 15 miles south of Lancaster. The 5000-yard course has a creek that runs the perimeter and bunkers in just the right places.

    Special Arts Interests

    The Lancaster County Council of the Arts (LCCA), housed in the historic Springs' House(birthplace of Col. Elliott White Springs) in downtown Lancaster, offers gallery exhibits, classes and workshops, arts/science camps. Under its umbrella, the community enjoys four yearly performances from the Community Playhouse; quilt guilds and displays; arts crawls in downtown; music concerts; artists' openings and much more.

    USC Lancaster's Performing Arts Series brings headliners to Lancaster County---groups such as the Atlanta Rhythm; Fifth Dimension; Cab Calloway Orchestra; The Tams; Ricky Skaggs fill the Bundy Auditorium with music and interact with the audience during their performance. For more details and a schedule, see http://usclancaster.sc.edu/bundy/index.html

    Partnering with the LCCA, Bob Doster's Backstreet Studio is home to internationally recognized stainless steel sculptor Bob Doster. His monumental sculptures and functional artwork can be seen in galleries, museums, private collections and in public displays from the corporate collections of Saks Fifth Avenue and Founders Federal Credit Union to the State Art Collection of the SC Arts Commission. View his beautiful pieces at www.bobdoster.com.

    USC Lancaster's Native American Studies Program holds a growing collection of Native American art, particularly the Phillip Wingard Catawba pottery collection and USCL's own collection of Catawba pottery and Native artifacts. The collection may be viewed in the Bradley Building Atrium, USC Lancaster.  USCL is also home of the Catawba Nation's annual Yap Ye Iswa ('Day of the Catawba') Festival, a celebration of Catawba art, music, and dance. See http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/index.html.

    Unique Attractions

    One of the largest commercial soaring centers in America---Bermuda High Soaring School offers beginners and experienced pilots the opportunity to take to the skies almost any day of the year. www.glider.org.

    Carolina Motorsports Park is the only purpose built road racing facility in the Carolinas. Designed by Alan Wilson, the Park is a 2.235 mile, 14-turn road course in the Kershaw area of Lancaster County. See www.carolinamotorsportspark.com

    Lancaster Motor Speedway, the 'Grand Daddy' of local tracks, is known as the 'fastest dirt track in the South.' For a schedule, see www.lancasterspeedway.net.

    In the Neighborhood

    Carowinds Theme and Water Park features 108 action-packed acres with more than 60 world-class rides, and all-new in 2010—The Intimidator—the tallest, fastest, longest coaster in the Southeast! Located on the North and South Carolina border. See www.carowinds.com

    For a complete list of tourist/area attractions in the area—visit the Olde English District Tourism Commission at www.sctravel.net

     


  • Demographics

    Lancaster County Overview
    July 2018

    LOCATION

    Region:

    North Central

    County:

    Lancaster

    County Seat:

    Lancaster

     

    Miles To:

    Charlotte, NC

    33.8

    Columbia, SC

    55

    Charleston, SC

    162

    New York

    664

    Miami 

    702

    Atlanta

    247

    San Francisco

    2770

     

    CLIMATE

    Average Temperature

    Annual

    61.0

    January

    42.1

    July

    79.4

    Mean Temperature

    High

    73.1

    Low

    48.8

    Average Humidity

    1:00am

    86.0

    1:00pm

    51.0

    7:00am

    82.0

    7:00pm

    54.0

     

     

    Mean Yearly Precipitation

    50.5'

    Heat Degree Days

    3,342 hours

    Cool Degree Days

    1,546 hours

     

    PERSONAL PER CAPITA INCOME

    $21,068

    Lancaster County, 2008

    $29,688

    South Carolina, 2007

    Source: S.C. Department of Revenue

    AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD 

    $52,815 

    Lancaster County, 2008

    $52,913

    South Carolina, 2007

    % Households by E.B.I.*

    40.7% 

    $25,000-$49,999

    17.10% 

    $50,000-$74,999

    8.20%

    $75,000 and over

    *After tax figure-Effective Buying Income Source:
    2006 Sales and Marketing Management

    First quarter, 2007 ACCRA Cost of Living Index showed Lancaster County living costs for mid-management families among the lowest of 32 areas in N.C., S.C., and G.A. participating in Survey. Nationwide, 293 communities participated.
    Copy of Survey available at Chamber Office.

     

    LABOR FORCE: (June 2009)*

    Lancaster County:   

    30,161

    Unemployment Rate

    19.1% 

    *Source: SC Employment Security Commission.

     

    SCHOOLS

    District Serving Area: 

    Lancaster

    Public Schools:

    Elementary:  

    11

    Middle:   

    5

    Secondary: 

    4

    Number of Pupils: 

    11, 500

    Colleges, Universities, Technical Schools & other schools serving the area:

    University of South Carolina Lancaster

    University of South Carolina (Columbia)

    Wingate College (Monroe, N.C.)

    Winthrop University (Rock Hill)

    York Technical College (Kershaw, Rock Hill)

     

     CHURCHES

    Protestant: 

    100+

    Catholic:

    3

    Ind./ Non-Denominational:

    10

    TRANSPORTATION

    Highways Serving the Area:

    U.S.:

    U.S 521, U.S. 21, U.S. 601

    S.C.:

    S.C. 9, S.C. 903, S.C. 200

    I-77 South:

    18 Miles (Great Falls)

    I-77 North:

    23 Miles (Rock Hill)

    I-77 West: 

    15 Miles (Richburg)

    I-85: 

    40 miles (Gastonia/Charlotte)

    I-20: 

    55 miles (Columbia, SC)

    I-485:

    30 miles (Charlotte, NC)

     

    POPULATION

    Lancaster County (2018 census) 

    95,380

                                 (2010 census) 

    76,652

    Under 18 (2010) 

    25.7%

    65 and Older (2010)

    15.3%

    Municipalities: (July 2007)

    City of Lancaster 

    9,715

    Town of Heath Springs

    987

    Town of Kershaw 

    2,375

     

    GOVERNMENT

    Type of City Government:

    Council

     

    Council Members:

    7 (district election)

    Length of Terms: 

    4  years

    Type of County Government:

    Council/Administrator

     

    Council Members:

    7 (district election)

    Length of Terms: 

    4  years

    Emergency Medical Service:

    Stations:  

    5

    Full Time Personnel:   

    36

    Part Time Personnel:

    25

    *Convalescent (non-emergency) crew on duty Monday thru Friday, 8am-5pm.
    *Paramedic on every call

    Fire Department:

    Full Time Personnel: 

    26

    Volunteer Personnel: 

    15

    Fire Insurance Rating:  

    2

    Volunteer Fire Depts: 

    19

    Paid Fire Depts:  

    1

    City Police Department:

    Employees: 

    87

    Equipped Cars:  

    21

    County Sheriff's Department:

    Employees: 

    135

    Equipped Cars:  

    48

     

    FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

    Number of Banks:

    7

    BB&T:

    803-283-9936

     

     

    First Citizens Bank: 

    803-285-7431

    First Palmetto Savings Bank:  

    803-285-6978

     

     

    Waccamaw Bank:

    803-273-2016

    Wachovia Bank:  

    803-286-3321

    Number of Credit Unions:  

    3

    ArrowPointe Federal Credit Union:

    803-285-2001

    Founders Federal Credit Union:

    803-283-5900

    Sharonview Federal Credit Union

    (800) 462-4421

     

    PROPERTY TAXES

    County – 257.5 mills (2008)

    Cities of Lancaster & Kershaw
    also have municipal taxes.
    *First $100,000 of residential property value partially exempted from school taxes.

     

    STATE TAXES

    Corporate Income 

    5%

    Food-Grocery

    1%

    Retail Sales  

    8%

    Property Tax-Primary

    3%

    Property Tax- Seccondary

    6%

    Intangibles

    N/A

    Individual Income: 

    Min: 2%- Max:  7%


    Newcomer Information

    This list of phone numbers will help make the transition to your new home in
    Lancaster County a smooth one. All area codes are 803 unless otherwise noted.

    Education

    Lancaster County
    Adult Education/Literacy
    610 E. Meeting St.

    285-7660

    Lancaster County School District Office
    300 S. Catawba St

    286-6972

    University of South Carolina
    Lancaster (USCL)
    Main Office

    313-7000

    The Southside Child
    Development Program
    500 Hampton Road

    283-4551

    USCL Extended
    Graduate Campus

    313-7111

    USCL Gregory Health &
    Wellness Center

    313-7102

     

     

    York Tech –
    Kershaw Campus

    (803) 475-2418

     

    Media

    Newspapers

    Kershaw News-Era

    (803) 475-6095

    The Charlotte/York Observer

    (803) 327-8535

    The Herald

    (803) 329-4000

    The Lancaster News

    283-1133

    Radio Stations

    WAGL

    283-8431

    WRHM-FM

    283-2053

     

    Health/Hospitals

    Lancaster County
    Health Department.

    286-9948

    Lancaster County
    Social Services Department

    286-6914

    Springs Memorial Hospital

    286-1214

     

    Utilities

    Cable

    Comporium Communications
    703 N. White St., Lancaster

    283-9011

    1869 Great Falls Hwy.,
    Lancaster

    283-9011

    202 N. Main St.,
    Heath Springs

    (803) 273-4275

    Electricity

    Duke Energy Company

    1-800-777-9898

    Lynches River Electric Co-op.
    1104 W. McGregor St.,
    Pageland

    1-800-922-3486

    Natural Gas

    Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority
    1010 Kershaw-Camden Hwy

    285-2045

    Telephone Service

    ALLTEL
    105 N. Cleveland St., Kershaw

    (803) 475-2388

    Comporium Communications
    703 N. White St., Lancaster

    283-9011

    1869 Great Falls Hwy.,
    Lancaster

    283-9011

    202 N. Main St.,
    Heath Springs

    (803)  273-4275

    Water & Sewer

    City of Lancaster Water Department
    Serves all city and some county residents.
    216 S. Catawba St

    286-8414

    Lancaster County Water and Sewer
    1403 Kershaw-Camden Hwy

    285-6919

    Government

    Lancaster County

    Governmental Complex
    101 N. Main St.
    Administrator's Office

    285-1565

    Animal Control

    286-8103

    Assessor's Office

    285-6964

    Auditor's Office

    285-7424

    Clerk of Court

    285-1581

    County Building & Zoning

    285-1969

    County Planning Department

    285-6005

    Family Court

    285-6961

    Litter Control

    286-8103

    Probate Judge

    283-3379

    Delinquent Taxes

    283-8885

    Treasurer's Office

    285-7939

    Voter Registration

    285-2969

    City of Lancaster

    P.O. Box 1149
    216 S. Catawba St.

    286-8414

    Heath Springs, Town of

    102 Duncan St.
    P.O. Box 100

    (803) 273-2066

    Kershaw, Town of

    111 S. Hampton St.
    P.O. Box 145

    (803) 475-6065

    Libraries

    Lancaster County
    Public Library

    285-1502

    Kershaw Branch

    (803) 475-2609

    Del Webb Branch
    Indian Land

    (803) 548-9260

     

    Public Safety

    In case of emergency, dial 911.

    Fire Department
    City of Lancaster

    283-4385

    Fire Departments
    Lancaster County

    283-8888

    Lancaster County EMS
    (Non-emergency)

    283-4134

    Police Department
    City of Lancaster

    283-3313

    Sheriff's Department
    Lancaster County

    283-4136

    South Carolina Department of
    Public Safety/Motor Vehicles

    286-4859

     

    Additional Important
    Phone Numbers

    Lancaster County
    Parks & Recreation

    285-5545

    Post Office, 501 N. Main St

    286-6202

    Recycling & Solid Waste

    283-2101

    South Carolina
    Employment Service/
    Job Service

    285-6966

    Veterans Affairs Office

    283-2469

    Lancaster County
    Chamber of Commerce
    453 Colonial Avenue, P.O. Box 430
    Lancaster, SC 29721
    lanchamber@comporium.net
    (803) 283-4105

     

     

  • Lancaster History

    Originally inhabited by the Catawba, Cherokee and Waxhaw Indians, Lancaster's story began in the early 1750s when a vanguard of Scotch-Irish immigrants seeking inexpensive land and religious freedom moved into the area known as the Waxhaws (now northern Lancaster County) and established a settlement. A second colony was soon developed by English (Welsh), German and Scotch-Irish newcomers from Virginia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania in southern Lancaster County.

    Lancaster's name can be traced from fifteenth-century England, when the War of the Roses was fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York, through their first settlement in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and down to the county that was established in South Carolina in 1785 with the red rose, the insignia of the House of Lancaster, as its emblem.

    Our first court was held in the home of John Ingram, south of Heath Springs, but was later moved to Nathan Barr's Tavern. In 1795, a log courthouse was constructed on the corner of Main and Dunlap Streets; a two-story frame courthouse replaced it in 1802, and the town was named Lancasterville.

    South Carolina native and Washington Monument architect Robert Mills designed the historic Lancaster County Courthouse in 1828. This hall of justice is a National Historic Landmark that continued to fulfill its court responsibilities until August, 2008, when an arson attempt severely damaged its roof, second and third floors. The 181-year-old building is now being restored as closely as possible to its original appearance, and is scheduled to re-open in 2010, possibly as a Lancaster County museum. Next door, a new Courthouse for Lancaster County is now under construction.

    Robert Mills had been employed earlier to design the Lancaster County Jail in 1825, in use today as government offices. A walking tour of historic downtown Lancaster would also include the Old Presbyterian Church and Cemetery built in 1862; the home of Colonel Elliott White Springs, textile industrialist, which was built in 1825; and the site of Lancaster Academy, the county's oldest continuous public school, founded in 1799.

    The entire county abounds with landmarks of historical significance. Much can be learned about Lancaster native and seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson at the State Park established in his honor. The Waxhaw Presbyterian Church and Cemetery, completed in 1755, was the first church in the area – Andrew Jackson's father is buried there, and a statue of his mother is in the graveyard. Services continue at the church today. In southern Lancaster County, the Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Zion Campground, which was established by the freedmen, has been a meeting site since the 1870s. Kilburnie, which had been the oldest standing residence in the City of Lancaster, has been moved and lovingly restored as an historic bed and breakfast.

    Charles Duke, astronaut and moon-walker, grew up in Lancaster, and actress/early Broadway star Nina Mae McKinney was a Lancastrian. Lancaster is also proud to have Dr. J. Marion Sims, known as the “father of modern gynecology,” as one of its favorite sons, along with William R. Davie, ambassador to France and founder of the University of North Carolina.

    Lancaster's most significant battle involvement in the Revolutionary War began with Buford's Massacre, as British Colonel Tarleton devastated Colonel Abraham Buford's retreating forces in 1780. Later, the colonists were avenged when troops under the leadership of General Thomas Sumter defeated the British at the Battle of Hanging Rock. Both Major Robert Crawford and Major William Richard Davie participated in the battle. Andrew Jackson served as an aide to Davie.

    During the Civil War, several buildings were burned and Lancaster was looted by General William Sherman's soldiers, who stabled their horses in the Old Presbyterian Church. General Kilpatrick's Union troops' five-day rampage of Lancaster County in March 1865 included an attempt to burn down the Courthouse by throwing turpentine bottles onto the roof. It was a futile attempt, but left scars on the courthouse steps while many probate papers burned. Wheeler's Calvary rescued the town from further damages.

    Primarily agrarian for almost a century, the Industrial Revolution arrived in Lancaster with the opening of the Lancaster Cotton Mill by Colonel Leroy Springs in 1895. Crop diversification, cattle production, additional textile operations, brick and block manufacturing, all contributed to the changing economic base of the county in the early 1900s, and today the industrial base includes battery production, electrical and electronics products, steel fabricating, metalworking, plastic laminates, packaging materials, pressure part manufacturing, and nuclear power.

    Town of Heath Springs

    In the early 1800s, the Hanging Rock Mineral Spring became well-known for its “healing, bubbling springs” and in the 1850s the Hanging Rock Mineral Springs Inn began attracting people from many areas seeking the healthful mineral spring waters. Though Sherman's soldiers destroyed the inn during the Civil War, the area around the spring, known as the Heath Spring after its new owner, had begun to grow, and eventually a post office originally called the Heath Spring Post Office was established. Later a business firm from Lancaster opened in the area—the Heath, Springs and Company, and in 1890, the town of Heath Springs was incorporated, and the post office soon changed its name to Heath Springs Post Office.

    Today the town of Heath Springs comprises around 1000 residents. Main Street includes a variety of businesses—a post office, bank, churches, a depot, medical offices and antique stores. Several commercial ventures and industries are located in the area.

    Town of Kershaw

    In 1887, the Southern Railroad, largely due to the efforts of Pleasant Plains resident James Welsh, established a station halfway between Camden and Lancaster. This led to other development of the area which was known as Welsh's Station. In 1888 Captain Welsh headed the movement to apply for a charter of incorporation for the new town whose name would be Kershaw, in honor of Major General J.B. Kershaw, a Camden attorney who participated in the Civil War and was taken prisoner of war in Massachusetts. Maj. General Kershaw had served in the State Senate, the U.S. House, and was appointed Judge of the Fifth Circuit until his death in 1894.

    In the early 1900s Kershaw flourished as a prosperous farming/industrial community with turpentine distilleries, gold mining, a cotton mill and an oil mill. Haile Gold Mine continues to operate today. Kershaw's historic district, mostly residential, includes a number of the most beautiful Southern homes in the region, and its business district features a variety of unique shops featuring antiques, collectibles and pottery. Over 1900 folks reside in Kershaw.