Many locally owned businesses, shops, and restaurants thrive in Fort Mill. The town’s historic downtown, where some of the buildings date back to the 1800s, is undergoing revitalization efforts. These development efforts include, the Old Centre Theatre, Hobo's, Amor Artis Brewing, and others into restaurant, loft-style offices, and retail space. Town leaders expect additional redevelopment of historic properties in Fort Mill to follow.
Fort Mill’s public school system regularly is recognized as one of the best in the state. With almost 14,000 students, Fort Mill Public Schools has seven elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools. Gold Hill Elementary and Orchard Park Elementary are ranked in the top ten elementary schools in South Carolina, and U.S. News & World Report recently awarded Fort Mill High School and Nations Ford High School silver medals in its report on the nation’s best high schools.
The town hosts community events throughout the year, and its summer South Carolina Strawberry Festival draws tens of thousands to a weekend of food, crafts, and entertainment. Residents also enjoy Anne Springs Close Greenway’s kid and dog friendly concerts at the Comporium Amphitheater, movies in the park, a Christmas parade and tree lighting and the traditional firing of a Civil War-era cannon in downtown Confederate Park to commemorate the Fourth of July.
Fort Mill’s many neighborhoods offer a quiet, easy lifestyle minutes away from South Charlotte. The popular Baxter Village, a mixed-use development on the north side of Fort Mill, has been named “Best Overall Community” by the Home Builders Association of Charlotte twice. Built around a town center that’s reminiscent of a quaint Southern downtown, residents can walk to restaurants, shops, a community pool, parks and schools. The town’s newest development, Kingsley, is in progress and will offer a unique mix of corporate headquarters, small shops and restaurants and multi-family living over retail, all built around a large lake and amphitheater.