Fountain Inn in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Fountain Inn
an ante-bellum inn
with a gushing fountain
in the front yard
stood near here
on the old stage road
Greenville and Columbia
a meeting place
for men in the area
in those days.
The present town,
charted Dec. 24, 1886
is named for the old inn.
Erected 1960 by Behethland Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 23-6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 34° 42.082′ N, 82° 12.973′ W. Marker is in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (State Highway 14) and Howard Drive on North Main Street. Click for map. Marker is located near the city limits of Fountain Inn. Marker is in this post office area: Fountain Inn SC 29644, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cannon Memorial Park Veterans Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fountain Inn High School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fountain Inn Veterans Monument (approx. one Snow Campaign Chapter Marker (approx. one mile away); Eve (approx. one mile away); Mrs. Emmie Fulmer (approx. one mile away); Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (approx. one mile away); Fountain Inn Rosenwald School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cherokee Boundary (1767) (approx. 1.7 miles away); Charles G. Garrett Interchange (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fountain Inn.
Also see . . .
1. Fountain Inn. Official site of the city; find out about area clubs, businesses, government, and events. (Submitted on February 11, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce. The Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, in beautiful Fountain Inn, South Carolina, welcomes you to explore the many reasons that make Fountain Inn a great place to live, a great place to work, and a great place to shop. (Submitted on February 11, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Fountain (Submitted on February 11, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. A Brief History of Fountain Inn
Until the late 1700's, Cherokee Indians were the principal inhabitants of the northwest area of what is now South Carolina. Greenville, Anderson, and other counties were set aside for them, while Laurens, Richland and Spartanburg counties became the territories of the white man.
After the War for Independence, the Cherokeees were pushed into the mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. The old Indian trails quickly became new stagecoach routes. One of these narrow, winding routes connected Asheville, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. Travel was uncomfortable and difficult over rugged land, rivers and streams.
Fountain Inn was known as a horse and mule trading center in the early 1800's and a popular stagecoach stop.
The inn that originally greeted weary travelers on this route dates to 1830. It was a large house with a bubbling fountain spring that gushed 2 feet high. Tradition tells us that horses would break into a trot as they approached the fountain for a cool drink after a long trip.
The inn and fountain were located one mile north of the present city hall. Today a roadside historical marker sits near Howard Road and North Main Street where the original site was.
The recorded birth of the town took place on Christmas Eve, 1886. Fountain Inn is the only town known by that name in the United States. (Source: Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce.)
— Submitted July 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Settlements & Settlers •
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