Dillon County offers both a rich history and a quality of life that long-time residents as well as newcomers appreciate. For more information on Dillon County, visit dilloncounty.sc.gov.
Temperatures rarely fall below 30 degrees and any winter snowfall is a treat. Dillon also offers approximately 220 days of sunshine each year allowing residents to take advantage of the outdoors during all four seasons. Given the mild climate, recreational opportunities are abundant in Dillon.
The Economic Base
Dillon County is a quietly progressive area in the Carolinas. Home to South of the Border, one of the most famous tourist stops along I-95, as well as such major industries as Perdue, Dillon Yarn, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Wix Corporation, Dilmar Oil Company, and McLeod Medical Center Dillon. Dillon County provides an excellent economic base.
With I-95 only a mile and a half from the center of town and Amtrak making daily stops in Dillon County, Dillon provides easy access to both North and South Carolina. In addition, families wanting additional shopping opportunities only have to travel a short distance to reach Myrtle Beach, Florence, or Columbia.
Housing and land opportunities are very affordable in Dillon. Within Dillon and the surrounding towns you can find several comfortable and quiet neighborhoods offering a wide selection of traditional and contemporary homes or you can live in the country and still arrive at the medical center within a few minutes.
Living in Dillon
Living in Dillon provides a relaxed, casual lifestyle with great schools, churches, sports, and cultural activities. With its friendly, close-knit community, Dillon offers a wonderful environment for raising a family, spending time with friends, and enjoying the outdoors. Representing most faiths and denominations, churches in Dillon offer regular worship services, as well as youth group activities. Convenient shopping and banking are available in downtown Dillon in addition to several restaurants, grocery stores, and specialty shops. In addition, Dillon and the surrounding towns are home to 16 antique stores.
The Dillon District 2 School System includes six schools serving approximately 3,900 students from pre-school through twelfth grade. These schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Also located in the county is one private school, Dillon Christian School, serving grades K-12.
Nearby Florence is home to Francis Marion University and Florence-Darlington Technical College. In addition, Dillon is conveniently located within a short distance of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Northeastern Technical College and Southeastern Technical College. Dillon is also approximately one and a half hours from Columbia, which is home to the University of South Carolina, and approximately four hours from Clemson University. South Carolina State University, located in Orangeburg, is not far from Charleston which is home of the College of Charleston, the Citadel, Charleston Southern University, and the Medical University of South Carolina.
For more information on Dillon County schools, visit:
Latta Schools: www.dillon3.k12.sc.us
Dillon and Lake View School: www.dillon.k12.sc.us/
Dillon Christian School: dillonchristianschool.com
Recreation and Family Activities
Dillon has a first-class recreational complex, providing tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, jogging tracks and football facilities. All three communities in the county have had championship sports teams and sports fans avidly follow their local athletic events. Twin Lakes Country Club offers numerous social opportunities including an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool, a restaurant and a ballroom. There are many opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, canoeing, boating, camping, hiking, hunting, swimming and picnicking at the Little Pee Dee State Park and along the Little Pee Dee River, which has been designated as a State Scenic River Route through Dillon County.
Arts and Culture
Numerous cultural events take place annually in the three communities – Dillon, Lake View, and Latta – that make up Dillon County. In Dillon, the historic Dillon County Theatre is home to the MacArthur Avenue Players, a local little theatre group, which annually performs a variety of plays. The theater also hosts musicals, concerts and pageants. In addition, the Givens Performing Arts Center, located at UNC-Pembroke, is home to three professional performing arts series and numerous other events.
Dillon also hosts "Dillon County Celebrates Main Street," a two-day family-oriented event featuring street dances with music by big-name bands, cook-off contests, a car show, and entertainment by local talent – an old-fashioned street fair with something for every age and every taste. Springfest, a two-day event held in Latta, starts with Jazz music and ends with a classical music concert. Juried art shows, crafts, entertainment, food, and an auction round out the Springfest activities. Lake View's "Christmas on the Boulevard" includes a Taste of Lake View and a live re-enactment of scenes from biblical Bethlehem.
Dillon County also has many historical homes and plantations that are listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Each Spring, historic Charleston, South Carolina, hosts Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the most comprehensive arts festival in the country. This two-week festival includes the world's finest musicians, dancers and actors.
Travel, Entertainment and Leisure
Dillon is conveniently located on the border of North and South Carolina placing the county strategically within driving distance of many of the South's major metropolitan areas as well as scenic vacation destinations including Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and the golf capital of the world, Pinehurst.
Within a short driving distance from Dillon is Charleston, a picturesque coastal city that offers a historical district of antebellum-style plantation homes and old churches. Known as the cultural capital of the South, Charleston is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at the juncture of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers offering several beaches great for fishing, surfing, sailing, and swimming.
Myrtle Beach is considered a year-round visitors' paradise that is located only 60 miles from Dillon. With miles and miles of sandy beaches, numerous water parks, 120 championship golf courses and plenty of shopping, Myrtle Beach makes a great vacation spot or an exciting day trip that's only a little over an hours drive from Dillon.
Myrtle Beach is considered a year-round visitors' paradise that is located only 60 miles from Dillon. With miles and miles of sandy beaches, numerous water parks, 120 championship golf courses and plenty of shopping, Myrtle Beach makes a great vacation spot or an exciting day trip that's only a little over an hours drive. Attractions for the whole family include spectacular live entertainment theaters such as the Palace and Carolina Opry, and thrilling amusement parks like Family Kingdom. Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing offer visitors many shops as well as plenty of dining options and nightlife. Finally, Myrtle Beach is well known for its shopping establishments especially Tanger Outlet Centers and Coastal Grand Mall.
A trip to Charleston includes a step back in time. From plantation homes to the historic battery, Charleston is known as the cultural capital of the South. The South Carolina Aquarium showcases exhibits of South Carolina waterways from the mountains to the sea and thousands of animals and plants. Each spring, Charleston hosts Spoleto Festival USA, the most comprehensive arts festival in the country. This two-week festival includes the world's finest musicians, dancers, and actors.
Charlotte offers excitement for the whole family. For fun, families can spend a day at Paramount's Carowinds (, an 83-acre theme park located on the North and South Carolina border), Discovery Place, (one of the nation's top ten science museums), or the Mint Museum of Art. Sports enthusiasts only have to travel a short distance to take in the action of the Carolina Panthers or hit the greens at one of Charlotte's championship golf courses.
Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Raleigh, the North Carolina capital, offers family-friendly options for visitors such as City Market, tours of antebellum plantation houses, and trolley rides through downtown. The most recent attraction to Raleigh is the Centennial Authority, a 21,000-seat entertainment and sports arena which is home to the Carolina Hurricanes.
In addition to being the home of Duke University, Durham is home every summer to the American Dance Festival which presents performances by national and international modern dance troupes. If your interest lies in collegiate basketball, the Duke University Men's Basketball team has finished in the AP top 25 a total of 14 seasons, including four times as the number one team in the nation.
The University of North Carolina, known nationally for its Men's Basketball team, is located in Chapel Hill. The basketball team has reached the NCAA Final Four 14 times in its history. Besides taking in one of the many collegiate sporting events on the UNC campus, visitors can tour the Morehead Planetarium, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, or the Ackland Art Museum.
Visitors to Asheville and Western North Carolina have many recreational opportunities available. Whether you're looking to escape to a bed and breakfast, go hiking in the mountains, or whitewater rafting, you don't have to travel far to enjoy the many scenic attractions Asheville has to offer. A trip to Asheville might include a visit to Biltmore Estate, 8,000 acres featuring America's largest residence; Chimney Rock Park, which features a 26-story elevator ride through solid granite to the top of Chimney Rock and 75 mile views of the Blue Ridge Mountains,; or a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most scenic highway in the East, stretching 470 miles and intersecting Asheville en route to the Great Smoky Mountains.