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Before its current moniker, the area was viewed as a “Garden of Eden” for the Native American Cherokee, Catawba, and Waxhaw tribes. Known as the Red Rose City because of its founder’s English Emblem as the red rose, Lancaster, South Carolina was settled by English pioneers mostly from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Lancaster was named after their English homeland, where the famous House of Lancaster opposed the House of York in the War of Roses. During the War of the Roses, the Houses of Lancaster and York (represented by a white rose) battled for the English Crown. Today, the traditional red rose is still the city’s emblem.

It is located 35 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina.

History of Lancaster, South Carolina

Although its name is derived from a rose, the city has seen its share of unpleasantness, hosting two wars, which included the battles of Buford’s Massacre and Hanging Rock in 1780.

Lancaster City and County have many historical sites dating back to pre-Revolution times, including the city courthouse is the last site of the last witch trials to take place in the United States.

The city has numerous sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places including the Robert Barnwell Allison House, Lancaster County Jail, Lancaster Presbyterian Church, Wade-Beckham House, and Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The courthouse and jailhouse were erected by 1825, designed by Robert Mills, an architect who studied under Thomas Jefferson later designed the Washington Monument. During the Civil War, troops occupied the town on their way to Virginia. Union soldiers attempted to burn the courthouse and jail. Fortunately both structures were saved, but important documents were destroyed. The soldiers looted the town and stabled their horses in the Presbyterian Church.

Lancaster was incorporated in 1830 and later re-chartered in 1989 and became a city in 1967.

Lancaster’s nearby town, Kershaw, is recipient of the state’s Best Special Education School Award in 2008. Lancaster is home to the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

Lancaster’s notable people include Aaron Robinson, a professional baseball player for the Yankees, Charles Duke, a NASA astronaut who walked on the moon, Julie Roberts, a CMT artist, and Nina Mae McKinney, one of the first African American film stars in United States to appear on British television. It was home to Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States.

In 1895, Springs Cotton Mill was founded and grew to be an industrial enterprise that became the largest textile plant in the world, employing citizens for more than 100 years. There are no more mills in the town.

Since it’s close to Charlotte, it is gaining notoriety from visitors, businesses, and residents for its character and vitality.

Andrew Jackson State Park has an 18th-century replica schoolhouse, picnic facilities, fishing lake, campground, and nature trails. There are living history programs, a museum featuring the life of Andrew Jackson in backcountry home, and a celebration in March for Andrew Jackson’s birthday.

Family Law Practice in Lancaster, South Carolina

At Trimnal & Myers, LLC, we focus on complex divorce and custody cases in the family court, specifically cases dealing with separation, adoption, child custody, child support, visitation, property division, and alimony matters. We are also probate and estate law attorneys. We aid in commercial and residential real estate closings including representation of purchasers, developers, sellers, and investors.