Community Spotlight – Fort Mill History Museum

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Community Spotlight Fort Mill History Museum

“Where the Past Comes Alive”
By Donna K. Britsch

Residents in Fort Mill have been busy preserving their history from the days of the Native Americans, the textile industry, contemporary history and more at the Fort Mill History Museum. “We are a non-profit museum funded through donations for the past four years,” said Elizabeth Ford. With just one part-time employee and a host of volunteers, they provide a wealth of information and tours of the museum.

The Textile Lobby is rich with samples of fabrics, artifacts and photos of the early textile mills in an effort to preserve the town’s heritage for generations to come. One room houses artifacts and the history of the Fort Mill Times and William Bradford Jr.’s role in the development and circulation of the local weekly newspaper.

Displays will change with themes to reflect the history of the community. From December to February, the Catawaba Indian pottery, beading, baskets and  photos were on display. A new focus will be displayed for the Spring season.

Research is an important role of the museum’s mission. The research library provides old school yearbooks, newspaper articles, books, magazines and a  genealogy system for visitors to search their roots. One room has been painted by local artists to represent early drug stores in Fort Mill and will include old medicine bottles, apothecary and more.

The Education room currently provides a history time line of paintings from local artists, a map of the Indian Trading Path, a display of artifacts from the Fort Mill Band in 1976, past Fest-i-Fun posters and more.

The Gift Shop provides the opportunity to purchase history books, DVDs, photos, gift items, local art and more. Memberships are available to help support the museum and provide benefits to the members. The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10-4 pm.

More info, check out their website