Introduction to Rock Hill, South Carolina
Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York county, is 23 miles SW of Charlotte, North Carolina. Part of the surrounding Charlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill metro area, the city is not an isolated.
Rock Hill History
Rock Hill, which was founded in the mid 1800s, was named because of the presence of a small flint hill of rock. During the construction of the Charlotte and South Carolina Railroad, most of this rock was removed to make space for a depot. A post office was established on April 17, 1852, and Rock Hill was officially incorporated in 1892. The railroad brought significant growth and prosperity to the community. The Saint Anne School, located in the city, was the first integrated school of South Carolina. Rock Hill was home to the commercial artist Vernon Grant, known for his creation of Snap, Crackle, and Pop, the cartoon mascots of Rice Krispies cereal.
Rock Hill and Nearby Attractions
- Museum of York County
- Glencairn Garden
- President James K. Polk State Historic Site
- Rock Hill Telephone Museum
- Kings Mountain State Park
- Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Rock Hill
Museum of York County, which is located in Rock Hill, features the Settlemyre Planetarium, a collection of African artifacts, over 200 mounted African animals, and the Carolina Piedmont Hall's Landscapes and Lifeways. The President James K. Polk State Historic Site includes a reconstructed log cabin built to resemble James K. Polk's former home. The Mint Museum of Art houses American art as well as influential art from various other cultures. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Winthrop Golf Course. The Rock Hill Galleria Mall, East Side Shopping Center, Cherry Plaza Shopping Center, Southgate Shopping Center, and York Plaza Shopping Center are popular shopping malls in the area. Activities like picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, boating, archery, and camping can be enjoyed at the Landsford Canal State Park, Chester State Park, and Andrew Jackson State Park. Rock Hill also celebrates annual events like the Come-See-Me Festival, Patchwork Tales Storytelling Festival, Downtown Blues Festival, and Catawba Senior Powwow.
Rock Hill Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Rock Hill-York County Airport.
Rock Hill Higher Education
Winthrop University, Clinton Junior College, and York Technical College are located in Rock Hill. University of South Carolina at Lancaster, and Central Piedmont Community College are close by.