Where in York County can you find a unique public art collection, architecturally significant historic buildings, premier art galleries, a Piedmont wetlands, and fabulous research, performance and athletics facilities? Nowhere but on the campus of Winthrop University, a distinctive public institution nestled in the heart of Rock Hill.

A city partner since 1895 when Winthrop relocated from Columbia, the university has grown from a single classroom in which public school teachers were trained to a comprehensive institution where students daily discover what it means to live, learn and lead the Winthrop way.

Visitors often comment that Winthrop looks just like a university should look. Indeed, the 100-acre main campus is one of Rock Hill’s five historic districts. Student ambassadors provide campus tours weekdays at 9:30am and 2pm, excluding holidays and official closings. Tours are arranged through the Winthrop Admissions and Visitors Center, 1-800-WINTHROP. The center is located in historic Joynes Hall near Winthrop’s main entrance.

Two other historic buildings — Rutledge and McLaurin — house the Winthrop University Galleries, regionally respected for the quality and diversity of its offerings. Exhibits and educational programs inform and enrich the community; plus, they are free and open to the public. Weekday hours are 9am-5pm. Check for holiday and summer hours by calling 803-323-2493.

Winthrop’s unique public art program features commissioned works as well as pieces by faculty, alumni and students. Their creations appear on the main campus and are featured at http://www.winthrop.edu/virtualtour/arttour.aspx.

Also on the web, you may find details on other cultural and educational offerings, including music, dance and theatre performances throughout the year. Check out http://www.winthrop.edu/calendar for information on all events, including NCAA Division I games in 17 sports.

A mile from the main campus on Eden Terrace is Winthrop’s impressive 325-acre recreational and research complex. Find out more about Winthrop Eagle athletics at www.winthropeagles.com. For Homecoming information log on to http://www.winthrop.edu/homecoming.

What do you want to do?
  • Find Art & Entertainment
  • Go Shopping
  • Wine and Dine
  • Enjoy Nature
  • Explore History & Culture
Where in York County?
  • Rock Hill
  • Fort Mill
  • York
  • Clover
  • Tega Cay

“I’ve already spoken to my pastor about taking our church group back to Rock Hill this spring for NarroWay’s Easter program... We’ll also go to the Billy Graham Library while we’re there, and we’ll eat in Old Town in Rock Hill. My group will love it.”

Fred Weeks

Connection Christian Tours, Tuscumbia, Alabama