Fort Lawn, South Carolina

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Fort Lawn, South Carolina
Fort's Lawn
Location of Fort Lawn, South Carolina
Location of Fort Lawn, South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°42′3″N 80°53′47″W / 34.70083°N 80.89639°W / 34.70083; -80.89639Coordinates: 34°42′3″N 80°53′47″W / 34.70083°N 80.89639°W / 34.70083; -80.89639
Country United States
State South Carolina
County Chester
Incorporated 1887[1]
 • Mayor John R. Rumford
 • Total 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Land 1.4 sq mi (3.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 545 ft (166 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 864
 • Density 626.0/sq mi (241.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 29714
Area code(s) 803
FIPS code 45-26845[2]
GNIS feature ID 1222502[3]

Fort Lawn is a town in Chester County, South Carolina, United States. The population was 864 at the 2000 census.


John A.G. Walker owned a 1000-acre plantation in Chester County. After Walker died in the 1870s, his widow wanted a town built, which would be named Walkerville. She offered the Chester and Cheraw Railroad land to build a line through the proposed town, which they did. The Walkers' daughter married a Dr. Fort who had a large home with a lawn next to the railroad. The story is that the railroad's conductor would say, "Everybody off for Fort's Lawn!"[4]

After Southern Power built a dam in 1907, the nearby town of Great Falls saw considerably more growth than Fort Lawn. In 1959, area leaders worked to attract industry, and over the next three years, companies including Springs Industries spent $18 million.[4]

Geography and climate[edit]

Fort Lawn is located at 34°42′3″N 80°53′47″W / 34.70083°N 80.89639°W / 34.70083; -80.89639 (34.700811, -80.896469).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 864 people, 326 households, and 227 families residing in the town. The population density was 626.0 people per square mile (241.7/km²). There were 348 housing units at an average density of 252.1 per square mile (97.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.13% White, 30.44% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 326 households out of which 38.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 21.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 33.3% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,694, and the median income for a family was $36,042. Males had a median income of $30,882 versus $20,813 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,463. About 15.6% of families and 15.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 25.7% of those age 65 or over.

Places of interest[edit]

Landsford Canal State Park, home of the world's largest population of Rocky Shoals Spider Lilies, is less than 10 miles north of the town.

The Fort Lawn Community Center hosts various events throughout the year, including an annual Spring Festival. It is home to a 9/11 memorial constructed from pieces of a steel beam removed from the World Trade Center Site.[6]


  1. ^ Billy Westbrook (2002-07-21). "Trains brought a boom of activity to Fort Lawn". The Herald (Rock Hill). p. 1 (Special Sections). 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b Pettus, Louise (August 24, 1996). "Late-Blooming Fort Lawn Grew Quickly in Early '60s". The Charlotte Observer. p. 2Y. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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