The town of Clover, with a population of about 5,000, provides a small-town lifestyle with easy proximity to the amenities of nearby cities. Established in 1887 in western York County, Clover grew up around a 5,000-gallon water tank that was built to serve steam engines that passed through town. Legend says that water overflowing the tank created fertile ground for patches of clover to spring up.
Clover developed into an important textile community, and the industry continues to be a significant part of the town’s economy. While many residents commute to businesses in nearby cities, the town has a diverse and skilled workforce that would be eager for jobs in their hometown. Other than the education sector, the town’s jobs primarily are in manufacturing with businesses such as Honeywell and Permashrink. The town is a good fit for small- to medium-sized industries as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Clover has retained its charming, small-town atmosphere over the decades. Its downtown streets are lined with restaurants and locally-owned shops, and the Larne Building, which stands at the center of town, hosts community meetings and events. Residents enjoy two public parks within the town limits that offer activities for residents of all ages. The Clover Community Center is home to a community art gallery and regularly hosts classes ranging from estate planning to yoga.
Several festivals and events draw the community together each year, including the St. Patrick’s Day Festival in March, Feis Chlobhair (a festival that celebrates Clover’s rich Scots-Irish heritage) in June and the Fall Festival and Auto Show in September. Residents also look forward to several small events that have become community mainstays, such as the spring Choralier Concert, Clover Baptist Church’s living nativity and the Optimist Club’s barbecue sales.
Community pride swells over the Clover School District’s regional- and state-winning high school athletic teams and chorale groups, and the community regularly gathers at the 1,500-seat School District Auditorium for theater, concerts, and civic and church events. Clover is home to the second-fastest growing school district in South Carolina, and the community supports education with state-of-the-art facilities, stable student-teacher ratios, and excellent educational opportunities for everyone. The school district’s annual performing arts series draws a variety of artists, including acrobats, shag bands, comedians and magicians.