From waterfalls and lakes to history and crafts, the Upcountry's counties are rich in culture, heritage and natural resources.
Rooted in the country's early history while reaching boldly into the 21st century, Spartanburg County is one of the most culturally-diverse areas in South Carolina. The Zentrum, BMW's unique visitors center and museum, is located here at the automaker's only North American manufacturing plant. Milliken & Co., one of the largest privately held textile and chemical companies in the world, has its worldwide headquarters in Spartanburg. Hollywild Animal Park is home to a collection of rare, exotic animals, many of them "movie celebrities." Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, the Carolinas' largest theater, has attracted the world's top performers for nearly 50 years. The Chapman Cultural Center, an 86,000 square foot facility, is home to the cultural community for visual and performing arts, science and history. It hosts a 500-seat theatre for the Spartanburg Little Theatre, Youth Theatre, and Spartanburg Repertory Company. The center is also home to the Spartanburg County Museum of Art, the Regional History Museum, Ballet Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Science Center, Artists’ Guild Gallery, Music Foundation of Spartanburg, and the Arts Partnership. Hub-Bub, the front line of creative culture in downtown, offers more than 100 nights of art, culture and entertainment a year in the Showroom Gallery and Performance Hall. Spartanburg also features popular historic sites including Walnut Grove Plantation, The Price House and The Seay House. Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is a 10-acre botanical garden open every day for visitors to enjoy. The Carolina Panthers roar onto the Wofford College campus each year for summer training camp, with practice sessions open to the public. Spartanburg is also called the "Fresh Peach Capital of the South" because of its many peach orchards.
Formed in 1785, Spartanburg County and its county seat were named for the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War. The county has grown from a frontier trading post and later a major textile center to an important, more diversified, manufacturing center with more than 500 manufacturing firms. Spartanburg County also is an international business center with the highest per capita foreign investment and more than 110 international firms, including BMW Manufacturing Corporation. Spartanburg County offers businesses an excellent transportation system, including highways, rail and truck lines, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, and proximity to the Port of Charleston. Spartanburg's location at the crossroads of two major interstate highways, I-85 and I-26, put it on the top of the list for business and personal relocation.