I wanted to write about one of the reasons that I love living in Fort Mill, SC. Of course, there are many reasons that we love living here. I have lived and worked in this area for over 25 years. Most of my time was spent living and working in Charlotte, NC but when our son started Kindergarten we decided to move just south of the border to York County, SC. We chose Fort Mill for several reasons.
The top reason being the excellent schools. The Fort Mill School District continues to draw many folks from all over the U.S. as well as from Charlotte. The other reason being the tax structure. Property taxes in Fort Mill will run you about 2/3 less than they would in Mecklenburg County. (Keep in mind that tax reassessments occur regularly.) We are still within minutes to uptown Charlotte if we want to enjoy a night out at a great restaurant or sporting event!
Fort Mill has just the home town feel we love. Although it is growing by leaps and bounds (two new elementary schools are slated to open in Fall 2009), it still has many quaint spots and open, green space. One of those open green spaces being the Anne Springs Close Greenway. This wide open space consists of 2300 acres of trees, lakes, and pastures. There are hiking trails, cycling, picnicking, horse-back riding and even two Dairy Barns that can host both formal and informal parties and weddings!
Over our Christmas Break, my son and I took a hike through the Greenway. It was a warm, sunshiny winter's day. (another plus of living in the South!). We decided to hike and earn some credits towards our Boy Scout Achievements. We started at the Nature Center and walked along the path that took us to the "swinging bridge". After crossing the bridge we came upon some friendly horses and then stumbled upon two historic log cabins. The cabins were not open that day, but we managed to peek inside for a little taste of history. At the mid-point of our hike we were able to see the Dairy Barn that was built in 1946.
Hiking back to our starting point, I was glad that I took the time to spend with my son. He had a lot of fun exploring - we will definitely do it again! All in all a great memory maker of a day!