Welcome Letter from J. Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood
Welcome to our historic southern town. Our Blythewood community originated with families steeped in tradition, family values and hard work. We celebrate community with numerous town events each year in the areas of education, the arts, sports, family and community.
The Blythewood area is home to several excellent, award winning schools in the Richland School District Two area with 5 elementary schools, 3 middle schools and 2 high schools. Academics, the arts, sports and community service are foremost in our children’s educational experiences. Blythewood is the home of the USC Equestrian Team, winner of the national championship title in 2014. Our “Bravo Blythewood” supports our artists, writers and musicians sponsoring numerous events throughout the year, including The Holiday Market, Jingle Bell Jog, scholarships and the J. Gordon Coogler Poetry Festival Week honoring our historic Blythewood poet.
We have a beautiful, state-of-the-art events center, Doko Manor, which offers a great venue for weddings, family reunions, business meetings and cultural events. The park surrounding Doko Manor has a popular playground and walking trail used by the community. Doko Meadows Park has also been the meeting place for many community events such as our annual 4th of July party, the Traveling Wall That Heals, the Bluegrass Festival, the Butterfly Festival and a seasonal Farmers Market. A new amphitheater is scheduled to be completed the summer of 2017, with activities scheduled for the historic Solar Eclipse that will pass through Blythewood August 21, 2017.
The Greater Blythewood Chamber of Commerce hosts many business leaders that share their expertise with our community. The Chamber awards several graduating high school seniors with scholarships for college. Blythewood After Five also brings business and community members together to network using different business locations as the host site. Our Blythewood Visitor Center is located in the Chamber of Commerce’s newly renovated office, along with Co-Work Space that is available to individuals needing periodic office space or a place to meet clients.
Our Historical Society and Museum is equally busy presenting the history of the area and sharing historical information with students and families in our area. SC Humanities and the Smithsonian recently brought a traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked” to the Historical Society bringing many people to view the exhibit. The Rotary Club, Lion's Club and the Hope Optimist Club are three very supportive organizations bringing support in many areas to the citizens of Blythewood.
Blythewood is the home of many historic churches attended by generations of Blythewood families. Our local churches are know to have many community events such as Friday Food Truck Night, Friday Movie Night, a “Back to School Bash” or even be the event coordinators of our annual Blythewood Christmas Parade. One of our churches is soon to celebrate its 145 anniversary. Blythewood is a town with many family restaurants and stores. Eight businesses in our town were recently highlighted in a Historical Society “Walking Retail Tour” telling the history of their origins. A replica of our old Town Depot building will be completed soon and open for business,
Located along I-77 just 15 miles north of Columbia, S.C. and about an hour south of Charlotte, N.C., Blythewood has always been attractive to families searching for the virtues of small town living. Our town celebrates community diversity and the unique contributions each of us can make.
We have a big vision by anyone's standards, with a detailed comprehensive, ten-year plan to get us there. We welcome you to discover Blythewood and enjoy our warm friendly attitude toward life and each other. To learn more about Blythewood, visit our website, www.townofblythewoodsc.gov, Blythewood Town Hall Official Site or like us on Facebook.
J. Michael Ross, Mayor of Blythewood