Nestled just south of the North and South Carolina border lies Rock Hill, a city whose name echoes the voices of the Charlotte, Columbia & Augusta Railroad workers in the 1850s. When the rail crews discovered a stony hill, the name for the area was given. From its meager beginnings as a railroad community, Rock Hill has blossomed into one of South Carolina's largest municipalties. With Charlotte less than 30 miles away, Rock Hill has the unique ability to offer big-city opportunities with the personal touches so characteristic of America's less populous areas.
For 150 years, Rock Hill has been honored as a valuable locale in the South. Because the early town centered around the railways, travelers and industry arrived soon after. In 1895 the institution now known as Winthrop University relocated from Columbia, South Carolina to Rock Hill, and the city secured its reputation for being devoted to education. In its lifetime, Rock Hill has been home to many notable individuals, including nationally recognized artists and writers. Its cultural opportunities still abound, both in conjunction with the university and as straightforward community efforts, as well as through various museums, historic districts, and springtime festivals.
About the Author
In honor of the city's sesquicentennial celebration in 2002, author Ron Chepesiuk has woven together vintage photographs with informative text to commemorate the rich history surrounding the city. With a foreword by South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, letters from both Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio and citizen John Hardin, and photographs from personal collections as well as the Winthrop Archives, Rock Hill is sure to become a treasured keepsake in the city and beyond for the years to come.