Mill Spring is an unincorporated community in Polk County, NC, approximately 4 miles northeast of Columbus, the county’s seat. This rural community takes its name from Ambrose Mills–who settled there in the 1700s near a bold spring–hence, the name Mill Spring.
Once you reach Mill Spring, which is at the intersection of Highways 108 and 9, turning north on Highway 9 leads you to Lake Adger and then on to Lake Lure, a favorite area of the Hollywood film industry. Turning south on Highway 9 at that same intersection leads to SC, Landrum and points beyond. Continuing straight on Highway 108E, passing over that same intersection, leads to the Tri-Cities of Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City, NC.
Mill Spring is home to the Mill Spring Agricultural Center, a building revitalized from the old Mill Spring School that once served as a primary and high school from the 1920s until its doors closed in 1993. It now serves as an event center with office spaces for rent as well. Farmers market their wares there along with locals who sell homemade goods. Place an order for fresh fish one day and pick it up the next. The Ag Center also serves as a wedding venue, and it is perfect for a company conference with its spacious auditorium.
Mill Spring is the location of world-renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center, known locally as TIEC, where even the non-horse enthusiast finds plenty to do, browsing shops and choosing between at least five restaurants.
Again, Mill Spring is convenient to many destinations, so it is a great place to call home.