Johnston is a small, friendly town located in the rolling hills of west central South Carolina. It was founded in 1870 and chartered as the Town of Johnston on May 25, 1897. The revitalized business district, which includes a quarter million dollar street-scape project completed in the 1990’s, combines contemporary convenience with turn of the century charm.
The peach industry has been a major contributor to Johnston’s economy. The town carries the title “Peach Capital of the World.” Since World War II Johnston has become the home of several major industries. Located on the fringe of three urban areas, Johnston combines country quiet and neighborhood living with access to city services. Less than an hour away are many attractions. Plays, concerts, and movies are just a few forms of entertainment offered nearby. Four colleges and two technical schools are located within driving distance for Johnston residents to continue their education. Piedmont Technical College has a satellite campus just 8 miles from Johnston.
Gracious Southern homes that are reminiscent of the Victorian era line the main streets. These homes coupled with many modern homes and businesses, add to the charm of Johnston. Main Street in Johnston provides the small town atmosphere that many Americans consider the South. Churches, antique stores, family owned restaurants and other businesses are abundant here.
Johnston visitors and citizens looking for outdoor recreation are in luck. Three large lakes, Strom Thurmond, Lake Murray,
and Lake Greenwood are less than an hour away.
The beaches of South Carolina are within easy driving distance. Johnston is a treat for golfers.
The Augusta National, site of the Masters, is only 40 minutes away. Persimmon Hill, rated as one of the best golf courses in the state, and Pine Ridge Country Club are also close by. Hunting opportunities abound in nearby Sumter National Forest for deer, birds, and turkeys. Johnston is also home to the country’s newest and largest recreation complex. The 51 acre area, currently
being developed, will be home to baseball fields, soccer fields, a walking track, and other recreational opportunities.
The people of Johnston are friendly, industrious and plain spoken. They worship at numerous churches and their children attend award-winning public and private schools. This is Johnston, a town that combines the economic strength of world wide industry with the solidarity of an agricultural center of international recognition.
As you can see, Johnston is a place with variety and has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Visit our town and see for yourself! A perfect time to visit Johnston is during our annual Peach Blossom Festival held on the first Saturday in May. Everyone always enjoys food, crafts, entertainment, games and rides.