Fountain Inn in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Fountain Inn
Erected 1960 by Behethland Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. (Marker Number 23-6.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 24, 1767.
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. Marker is located near the city limits of Fountain Inn. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fountain Inn SC 29644, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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 SchoolFountain Inn Veterans Monument (approx. one mile away); 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fountain Inn.
Also see . . . Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Fountain Inn is a city in Greenville and Laurens counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. (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
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,893 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on June 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 2. submitted on January 22, 2009, by Mickey Ocean of Greenville County, South Carolina. 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2013, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. 5, 6. submitted on September 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.