Fort Mill will be a featured community on South Carolina’s traveling cultural festival

FORT MILL — For the first time since the SC Humanities Fest began in 1993, the celebration of local culture is coming to York County and Fort Mill is a main attraction.

The Fort Mill History Museum on Tuesday hosted an appearance by former Springs Co. CEO Crandall Bowles, whose family started the firm that nurtured a town now known as one of the fastest growing in the region. The museum has reprised one of its most popular exhibits, “130 Years of Springs,” for the occasion.

“It’s a way to bring our culture and history together and bring awareness to our area,” said Christina Hamburg, executive director of the Fort Mill History Museum.

“This exhibit has been here before, but it was so popular, and being part of the humanities festival, we wanted to bring it back. Springs Industries Inc., once a leading textile manufacturer of international prominence, began as an effort to save the economy of a small Southern town.”

At the time, Humburg said, Fort Mill’s population grew from “450 to 950. It’s a little different now,” she joked.

Fort Mill is on pace to grow soon to 20,000 residents — and counting.

Crandall Bowles

The festival will be held March 28-30 with events in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and elsewhere in York County. It includes a walking tour of downtown Fort Mill and the Anne Springs Close Greenway. The Fort Mill Public Library, Winthrop University and the McCelvey Center are among the host destinations.

Part of the “130 Years of Springs” exhibit at the Fort Mill History Museum.

The Fest is presented by Visit York County. For a full schedule of events and more information, download their app.