The Fort Mill History Museum is more than what is contained in one building.
We serve the community through a variety of outreach programs throughout the year with something for all ages. These are a few of our current programs:
Fort Mill History Days
This annual two-day event takes place in Walter Y. Elisha Park with a mission of educating the community about Fort Mill’s rich and important history. Thousands attend for a trip through a living timeline of the town’s history including the early Native American inhabitants, the Catawba, and on through the colonial period with a showcase of the area’s Revolutionary War era. The Civil War period follows before the rise of the textile industry in Fort Mill and the two great World Wars that reached across oceans to touch a little town in South Carolina. Through re-enanctments, hands-on drills, unique exhibits, and demonstrations by talented craftsmen, visitors get a taste of what life was like in times gone by.
This is special day of Fort Mill History Days set aside for students from our district schools. More than 700 students attend on this day to take part in demonstrations and exhibitions that bring the history in their textbooks vividly to life.
This is My Town—the History Trunk Project
This program is unique to the FMHM and was developed by a team of educators in conjunction with representatives from the South Carolina Department of Education utilizing curriculum standards for second and third graders. Our first traveling trunk featured the history of the Catawba tribe and the timeline of the town. More than 600 students had an up-close look at these artifacts right in their own schools. A second traveling exhibit is in development to coordinate with the eighth grade curriculum in our middle schools.
Second graders walk in the footsteps of town pioneers with visits to the Anne Springs Close Greenway and downtown Fort Mill historic sites ending with a visit to the museum for a peek into the history trunks.