Charlotte Relocation Guide

VOL2 ISS1 2018

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — CHARLOTTE | VOLUME 2 — ISSUE 1 54 SURROUNDING COUNTIES Lancaster, York, Catawba BY LAUREL HYATT on the grow, historical ties, summerfest North Carolina's largest city is surrounded by several large counties (including a couple over in neighboring South Carolina) that are equally enticing to the visitor and prospective resident. Lancaster County, South Carolina, just to the south of Charlotte and bordering Mecklenburg County, has a rich history. Initially inhabited by the Catawba, Cherokee, and Waxhaw Indians, Lancaster's story began in the early 1750s when Scotch-Irish immigrants came seeking inexpensive land and religious freedom. Known as the Waxhaws (now mainly in northern Lancaster County) the settlers established a colony that would soon be joined by a second; developed by English (Welsh), German, and Scotch-Irish newcomers from Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania in southern Lancaster County. Lancaster's name can be traced back to fifteenth-century England, the War of the Roses, and the House of Lancaster. Its rich history is one of the major attractions of Lancaster County. According to Shaun Barnes, Director of External relations for Comporium (telecommunications giant headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C.), "Our guests can visit a revolutionary war battleground at Hanging Rock – Andrew Jackson State Park; two historic landmarks designed by Robert Mills (South Carolina native and designer of the Washington Monument); and walk through the city of Lancaster's recently designated Cultural Arts District. Today our community is one of the fastest-growing counties in South Carolina with the resurgence of both manufacturing jobs and corporate headquarters moving (here). Thousands of people from artists to young families and retirees are all calling Lancaster County home." Melissa Prince is associated with of one those industry leaders choosing to locate in Lancaster County. Prince, Vice-President INSP at Crossridge Campus in Indian Land said, "Indian Land is our high-growth urban area located in the north section of the county and a very short drive from Charlotte. We are proud of the progressive growth, the new world-class corporate headquarters locating here and the many, many retail and restaurant choices that are opening every day!" Lancaster County is definitely 'on-the-grow', but it's not limited to one natural resource or manufacturing category for its growth. "We are proud of the diversity of our county - from Indian Land and Van Wyck to Lancaster, Heath Springs, and Kershaw. It's a fast-paced rural life, with eclectic artistry and southern charm all right here. We have great public schools, colleges, parks, walking trails, and churches. Lancaster County is simply a great place to live, work, play, and worship," said Dean Faile, President & CEO of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce. York, South Carolina, is the county seat for York County, also a 'kissing cousin' to the Charlotte- Mecklenburg metropolitan area of North Carolina. As with Lancaster, when you drive through York, you're immediately aware of a rich, historical tie to the past. Street names like Jefferson Street, West Liberty, South Congress, and West Madison make visitors feel that York is a city where one can 'breathe' history. Many residents can trace their family roots back seven generations or more. Southern charm oozes from the quaint gift shops to the local cafes to the historic homes and hotels occupying buildings dating back 100 years or more. There are several self-guided historical walking tours around York. For a more in-depth study for the history buff, there's the Historical Center of York County and Southern Revolutionary War Institute, and people to guide you like historian, Michael Scoggins. According to Scoggins, "There's a wealth of information available to you such as historical deeds, wills, etc. either in original form or microfilm." The Southern Revolutionary War Institute may be unique as a one-of-a-kind public facility dedicated to research of the Revolutionary War. York County offers year-round events for the whole family like the upcoming Summerfest festival to be held on the fourth Saturday of August. Admission is free, and visitors can shop the craft fair, stroll the street filled with vendors and food trucks, enjoy the classic car show, >>

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