About This Place
Fountain Inn is a city in Greenville and Laurens counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 6,017 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The southern part of the city is in Laurens County, while the bulk of the city is in Greenville County. The town nickname is "The diamond tip of the Golden Strip". The town got its name from an Inn and fountain that were along the old stage coach route. The stage coach drivers called the stop Fountain Inn and it stuck. The fountain remains at city hall and there is a marker on the north side of town showing the former location of the old inn.
The population was 7,206 in the 2008 demographic survey from Greenville County. There are several festivals in Fountain Inn which include: Aunt Het Day, based on syndicated cartoon columnist Robert Quillen, that brings in several thousand visitors as Main Street is closed and filled with many unique vendors. It boast the Peg Leg Bates Foundation, honoring the famed dancer by hosting an annual dance competition to support children's growth and development. The city comes to life under candlelight with the Spirit of Christmas Past Festival that is always a southern home favorite with Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Outdoor events and Performing Arts venues. Fountain Inn's Cultural Arts Center host 6 Broadway Musicals, a Chamber Orchestra Series and more each season.