Spartanburg County was founded in 1785 and lies near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both the county and its seat are named in honor of the Spartan Regiment, a local militia who served the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Notable residents include general William Westmoreland and hymn writer William Walker.

The county was principally settled by Scotch-Irish and other Europeans who moved to the area from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the late 18th century. Historically, the economy relied on small cotton farms, cattle raising, and the Lowcountry tourists that visited the area’s mineral springs. After the Civil War, the region’s economy transitioned to textile manufacturing. Today, Spartanburg County has become an industrial hub. In fact, “the New York Times reports Spartanburg as having the highest per capita international investment in the nation.”

SOURCE: Economic Futures Group. Accessed June 10, 2016. 

 

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Wofford College | History of SC Slide Collection
Wofford College | History of SC Slide Collection

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Converse College | History of SC Slide Collection
Converse College | History of SC Slide Collection

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The Arnold Gully | History of SC Slide Collection
The Arnold Gully | History of SC Slide Collection

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Hilla Sheriff | History of SC Slide Collection
Hilla Sheriff | History of SC Slide Collection

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