"L" is for Lyman

May 10, 2018

Credit SC Public Radio

"L" is for Lyman (Spartanburg County; 2010 population 3,261). Lyman’s early history stemmed from the economic activity of the Groce family. The area was known as Groce or Groce’s Stop until the arrival of Pacific Mills. In 1923 Pacific Mills made the largest investment in Spartanburg County up till then. The company not only erected a mill but also built a model town: 375 houses, a community center, and a twelve-room school. Churches and a National Guard Armory came later. The town was renamed Lyman in honor of Arthur T. Lyman, president of Pacific Mills (1900-1915). The town was incorporated in 1954. At its peak the plant employed more workers than any other business in the county. In the twenty-first century, manufacturing continued to be crucial to Lyman’s economy with corporations exporting products around the globe.