Introduction to Irmo, South Carolina
Irmo, South Carolina, in Richland county, is 12 miles NW of Columbia, South Carolina (center to center) and 79 miles S of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is included in the Columbia metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 11,039 people lived in Irmo.
The Cherokee Indians were the first inhabitants of the area now known as Irmo. German and Swiss immigrants settled here in the mid 18th century. In spite of the region's rocky red clay, self-sufficient farms were set up in the area. The town of Irmo was officially incorporated in 1890. The community was named after two railroad men, C.J. Iredell and H.C. Moseley. The town's name is a combination of the first two letters of both men's names.
Irmo and nearby Attractions
- Governor's Mansion
- Columbia Museum of Art
- Union Church
- State Capitol
- Lake Murray
- Friarsgate Plaza Shopping Center
Things To Do In Irmo
The town of Irmo provides easy access to a number of nearby historical sites and museums. The State Capitol, Governor's Mansion, Green-Meldrim House, and Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home are worth visiting. The Columbia Museum of Art, Edventure Children's Museum, McKissick Museum, South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Museum, and South Carolina State Museum are also nearby. Enthusiastic shoppers will enjoy the facilities offered by the Friarsgate Plaza Shopping Center. The town also celebrates the Irmo Okra Strut Festival every year.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport is nearby.
Irmo Higher Education
Higher educational opportunities are offered by Midlands Technical College, University of South Carolina at Columbia, and Benedict College.