Lancaster SC -Neighborhoods, Homes & History
Along the banks of the Catawba River lies the historic, yet bustling, city of Lancaster South Carolina. Lancaster is located in the county that bears the same name, and is the county seat as well. At the heart of the 549 square mile area of Lancaster County, the city of Lancaster is proud of its growing economy as well as its blooming residential and commercial population, while maintaining the small town appeal that has caused people to call Lancaster more than just a home.
Maybe its Lancasters rapid growth can be linked to its close proximity to neighboring major metropolitan cities in both the Carolinas, a proximity that has caused so many businesses to set up shop here and has allowed commuters to enjoy the fine upscale living of Lancaster and the ability to continue to work towards that lifestyle. North Carolinas active city of Charlotte NC is a mere 40 miles to the north and South Carolinas capital city of Columbia about 60 miles south, allowing the residents in the both the city of Lancaster and the county easy access to these modern Southern metropolises and their many amenities.
Traveling to these cities has never been easier for Lancaster citizens; rail service is provided by as well as Lancaster being located within 60 miles of I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85 and I-95. Easy entry to the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte's Amtrak station, and Norfolk Southern's inter-modal rail hub in Charlotte have made Lancaster appealing to both the traveling business professional and adventurous resident. Such access has also permitted others across the state to discover Lancaster for themselves, and all the history and comforts that come with it.
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Lancaster is known throughout the region as a town draped in years of vivid history and dotted with famous South Carolina landmarks. One such popular destination is Lancaster's historic downtown district, home to two buildings designed by Robert Mills, America's first native architect and the designer of the Washington Monument.
The streets are also adorned with several Ralph Waldrop's murals on the walls and one such mural on the corner of South Main and East Arch Streets, displays native Lancastrians involved in everyday activities. Directly across the street from this mural, a ceramic tile mural of downtown Lancaster in the early 1900s presents slice of historic Lancaster for those that wish to remember the way things were. And to honor some of the towns more famous citizens, the Lancaster Wall of Fame located on the corner of South Main and Dunlap Streets showcases those that have contributed significantly to society. The wall honors community natives: Seventh President of the United States Andrew Jackson; Charles Duke, astronaut; Nina Mae McKinney, actress and Broadway star; Elliott White Springs, industrialist; and Dr. J. Marion Sims, pioneering medical doctor.
Excellent shopping and dining can also be found within the city limits, bringing the convenience of hometown travel and big city refinement one more feature that Lancaster can proudly proclaim. The city has numerous shopping outlets and family owned or national chain restaurants, other accommodations include national chain motels as well as bed and breakfast inns. A local bed and breakfast and restaurant, Kilburnie - The Inn at Craig Farm and Charley's Cafe©, was featured in a recent issue of Southern Living magazine. Class and quality of the highest regard are commonplace in Lancaster and with such exposure, it will be no time at all until many others will discover this hidden South Carolina gem.
Lancaster Parks & Recreation
Due to its prime location along the Carolina borders, Lancaster is just a short travel distance to many areas within South and North Carolina. Lancaster is a mere three hours from the North Carolina Mountains to the northwest, and the beautiful shores of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to the southeast are some of the locales accessible to those that wish to travel beyond their homes. For those wishing to get involved with community events or enjoy a number of captivating outdoor leisure pursuits within their own town, the area of Lancaster, SC, is one such a haven, featuring all these activities and more.
The county has developed a parks system that strives to provide its residents with the most in outdoor entertainment, while preserving the beauty of the land they rest on. Lancaster County Parks and Recreation (LCPR) maintain a number of baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and picnic shelters countywide, all of which are open to the public. The youth of the county can enjoy team sports that include fall and spring soccer, T-ball, football, basketball, wrestling and cheerleading, provided and conducted by the LCPR. Such dedication to their area and younger community make the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation a model of neighborhood kinship that other districts can rarely rival.
Those in pursuit of personal growth and exercise capabilities, open membership to the country's leading fitness center awaits all the residents of Lancaster County, the USC Lancasters Gregory Health and Wellness Center. Members are welcome to take part in the 25-meter swimming pool, basketball court, indoor track, racquet ball courts, tennis courts, weight rooms and aerobic workout equipment. The USC Lancasters Gregory Health and Wellness Center also boasts licensed clinical programs are offering the best in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and physical therapy. Aquacise programs, competitive and lap swimming, swimming lessons, and other fitness programs for adults/children are also available from this beacon of personal health and well being.
Lancaster County also houses three multi-purpose sports complexes within its borders: the Lancasters Springdale Complex includes lighted sports playing fields, a one-third mile asphalt walking track, a pond and a gymnasium; the Indian Land Complex includes a lighted sports playing field, a soccer field and a gymnasium; the newly-constructed Kershaw facility also has sports playing fields and a gymnasium. All three complexes allow rentals of their playing fields and gymnasiums for any occasion, including but limited to, tournaments, private parties, wedding receptions, and family reunions. All three gyms are open through the week to walkers free of charge as well, allowing any level of athletic enthusiast just the place to practice and train.
Some other popular pastimes of Lancaster and the county include boating, fishing and swimming on the Catawba River or nearby Lake Wateree, and hunting grounds are available within 29,000 acres of managed wildlife lands or on the many privately-owned hunting grounds. A variety of motor sport activities are provided by the Lancaster Speedway and the Carolina Motorsports Park, Inc. During the spring and fall, the Lancaster Speedway has Saturday night races and with its location in Kershaw, the Carolina Motorsports Park, Inc. private road and race facilities host numerous motor sport related events.
Lancaster Arts & Culture
Besides providing its citizens with the best in open-air amusement, Lancaster County is long standing contributor and provider of the arts and other cultural dealings. The organization spearheading the support of the arts within Lancaster is the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, an organization known for hosting many arts-producing and arts-supporting programs. The Council is located in the historic Springs House in downtown Lancaster and with the generous support of the communitys citizens and local businesses the Council is able to provide assistance to a number of local affiliates. These affiliates include: the Lancaster Art League, which hosts local artists exhibits; the Community Playhouse, producing musicals, comedies, dramas and childrens productions throughout the year; the Lancaster Chamber Choir; and two quilting guilds. Placing high regard to the teaching the arts within the local schools, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts sponsors an artist residency program for the Lancaster County schools called Artists in Education. This program provides both students, teachers and administrators alike with the tools necessary to continue the growth of the arts within the Lancaster County school system.
One of the biggest endeavors taken on by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts is The Carolina Legends Festival, an all-day event held in May. Set in the peaceful Andrew Jackson State Park, this day-long event features some of the best local crafts and a home cooking that Lancaster County has to offer. Some of the major events of the Legends festival are some of the biggest attractions of the day, live performances by legends and pioneers of bluegrass, Celtic, old-time country and gospel music fill the air, day and night and make this festival an event for all that call Lancaster and its County home.
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