A mill town is a settlement that developed around mills or factories. After the Civil War during Reconstruction, mill towns were an integral part of North Carolina and South Carolina's economy.
Life in the towns centered on community. The families socialized and maintained their own small farms, looking to each other to help provide food. The mills offered clubs, nurseries, and sport teams.
The sense of community may have been forced to keep people loyal to the mill, but one thing is for certain... they worked together to create a better life.
ExploreTheMill.com defines The Mill as all the towns within a 50 mile radius from Fort Mill, South Carolina. Stretching across the stateline allows you a greater opportunity to be a Localist by shopping, eating, and discovering what our Mill Towns have to offer.