Spartanburg was founded in 1785 and named for the Spartan Rifles, a militia during the Revolutionary War. It is situated in a region of South Carolina commonly referred to as the Upstate Region.
Through the years, Spartanburg has collected a diverse population that gives the town a distinctive identity. It's clear that residents treasure their town's history, and adore its downtown. Downtown's tree-lined streets and decorative lampposts warmly greet visitors, and its eclectic mix of architecture teases them to explore. Visitors will be happily surprised at the number and diversity of shops found here.
History plays a valuable role in Spartanburg. Living history is abundant at the Walnut Grove Plantation where a wide array of craftsmanship is demonstrated. Many programs offer guests the opportunity to try the crafts themselves. This is an excellent stop for those who value history and/or have children. Nearby Cowpens National Battlefield recognizes the famous battle fought there during the American Revolution. Two additional history lover must-dos are The Seay House and the Regional Museum of History.
For those who adore nature, the Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve is a sure bet. A great deal of wildlife can be found here, as can many of the regions native plants. Simply relaxing and enjoying the beauty of this gorgeous place makes for a rewarding experience.
Spartanburg is located near the intersections of Interstates 85 and 26, just a few miles south of the North Carolina boarder.