DescriptionThe name Rock Hill is derived from the white flint rock encountered during the construction of the Charlotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad. Not much more than a sprawling country crossroad for several decades following 1852, Rock Hill finally blossomed into an industrial town with the spread of cotton mills in the Upstate and the development of hydroelectric power on the Catawba River.
In 1895 Rock Hill obtained Winthrop College from Columbia, where it had been founded in 1886. Today Winthrop University offers an art gallery, a golf course and a lake for public enjoyment.
Glencairn Garden , at Charlotte Avenue and Edgemont and Crest streets, is a manicured 11-acre city park with water features, a lily pond, winding paths, a children's garden and a garden honoring veterans. Azaleas, dogwoods and wisteria reach their peak in mid-April; tulips bloom a bit later in the spring, annuals throughout the summer. Phone (803) 329-5620.
In April Rock Hill hosts the 10-day Come-See-Me Festival , which features art exhibitions, road races, concerts, fireworks, a parade and international food.
Visitor InfoRock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau 452 S. Anderson Rd. ROCK HILL, SC 29730. Phone:(803)329-5200 or (888)702-1320
ShoppingRock Hill Galleria (2301 Dave Lyle Blvd.) offers Belk, JCPenney and Sears.
Things to SeeMain Street Children's Museum