Introduction to Spartanburg, South Carolina
Spartanburg is located in Spartanburg County. It was the location of a major battle during the American Revolution. The municipality is known as a "college town" and provides numerous popular events that attract people from all over the region.
The area was originally home to the Catawba and the Cherokee. Spartanburg was founded as a courthouse town in the 1780's. The city took its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a military unit that fought during the American Revolution. The noteworthy Battle of Cowpens occurred in 1781 during the American Revolution. The victory by the Americans was a significant stride in winning the war in the southern region during the revolution. It was incorporated as a city in 1880 and the economy was thriving due to the growing textile industry. Also, during this time, hundreds of farmers would enter the Morgan Square in the city to sell their crops and products.
In the late 1800's and the beginning of the 20th Century, Spartanburg was known as the "Hub City" as nearly 90 trains either stopped at the station or traveled through the city on a daily basis. Early on in the history of the Spartanburg region, it was a prominent educational center. The city was also home to an opera house. After the United States became involved in World War I a significant training base for the troops was established near Spartanburg.
The city is served by the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and the Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport. The Spartanburg Area Regional Transit Agency serves the region. Amtrak Crescent train provides transportation from the city to numerous large metropolitan areas.
- The Chapman Cultural Center features history, dance, art, music, theatre and science.
- The Showroom contains a gallery, stage and concert venue.
- The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers well known performers.
- Lawson's Fort Creek features waterfalls and woodlands.
- The Cottonwood Trail offers a wide variety of wildlife.
- Hatcher Garden Woodland Preserve showcases a noteworthy flower garden and a large variety of birds and other types of wildlife.
- Walnut Grove Plantation.
- The Seay House.
- The Price House.
- Morgan Square is a major center for commerce and nightlife.
- The Magnolia Street Train Depot.
- The Spartanburg Museum of Art.
- The Spartanburg Regional Museum of History.
- Ballet Spartanburg.
- Cowpens National Battlefield.
- Hampton Heights Historic District features a variety of architectural styles.
Events and Activities
- The Hub City Farmers' Market
- Spring Fling
- The Annual Sidewalk Arts Show
- The International Festival
- Music on Main
- The Greek Festival
- Taste of the Backcountry
The city is home to the University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College and Wofford College.