Chester, known as the "Pretty Little City on the Hill," is the seat of Chester County. It is located off Interstate 77, about 30 minutes from Charlotte, N.C. and 45 minutes from Columbia, S.C. US 321 runs through the city.
While being transported to Richmond, Virginia for his trial for treason, former Vice President Aaron Burr passed through Chester. Burr "flung himself from his horse and cried for a rescue, but the officer commanding the escort seized him, threw him back like a child into the saddle, and marched on." The large stone on which he stood has been inscribed and is preserved in the town center, and is known locally as the Aaron Burr Rock.
Chiefs (TV miniseries), based on the novel by Stuart Woods, was filmed in Chester over the course of three months in 1983. It was nominated for three prime-time Emmy awards, and featured a star-studded cast including Charlton Heston, Keith Carradine, Paul Sorvino, Billy Dee Williams, and Danny Glover.
The Town of Fort Mill (established 1873) is located just south of the state line shared with North Carolina. Our closest neighbors are Rock Hill, S.C., to the south and Charlotte, N.C., to the north. Approximately 9400 people live inside the Town's corporate limits with a total of nearly 35,000 people residing within the entire Township. Fort Mill takes its name from a colonial-era fort built by the British and a grist mill on nearby Steele Creek. The area has a rich history. The Catawba Indians made their home here for many years. Scotch-Irish settlers began arriving in the 1750's and 1760's and a small settlement soon developed. Fort Mill grew rapidly in the late 1800's as textile mills were established.
Lancaster, South Carolina, the county seat of Lancaster County, is a charming historic southern city that, while proudly recognizing its history, is a service-oriented community focused on the future.Lancaster was founded by settlers from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was originally known as Barnettsville when the first courthouse was erected in 1795. In 1802 an application was made for a charter for the village of Lancaster. A court dispute over the original plat was not resolved until 1824. In December 1830, by Act of the South Carolina State Legislature, the Town of Lancaster was incorporated and provision was made for the election of town officials. The first election was held on the first Monday in March 1831 and Andrew Mayer was elected as Mayor. The Town of Lancaster was re-chartered in 1898 and as the City of Lancaster in 1967.