In Cherokee County, you’ll want to visit Cowpens National Battlefield, famous for the Revolutionary War battle where Daniel Morgan led his outnumbered troops to victory over the British. Also located here is Kings Mountain National Military Park, where the colonial Patriots defeated the Loyalists in a famous 1780 battle. Immerse yourself in the country’s heritage while visiting the battlefields’ interpretive facilities, visitor centers and exhibits. Also of historical significance are the 1,000 artifacts in Cherokee County’s Veterans Museum and the exhibits at the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum on Native Americans, geology, mining, the Revolutionary War, railroads, agriculture, textiles and southern social life. Visitors are beckoned to the area with the much-photographed “Peachoid.” Cherokee County is also home to the award-winning South Carolina Peach Festival.
The county was named for the Cherokee Indians who once made it their home. It was formed in 1897, and the county seat is Gaffney. Iron mining was such an important activity in this region before the Civil War, it is sometimes called the Old Iron District. Today, Cherokee County enjoys a thriving and profitable local economy and an abundance of natural and manufactured resources. Cherokee County sits in a prime location just off I-85 between Charlotte, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. Charlotte’s Douglas International Airport and the Greenville – Spartanburg International Airport are both within 45 miles and the mainline of Norfolk Southern Railroad runs through Cherokee County. The Port of Charleston is easily accessible via major highways. Cherokee County offers an unbeatable combination of such factors as an abundant and educated work force with customized training from South Carolina Special Schools, a diversified industrial base, a high standard of living and quality of life, pro-business local governments, and easy access to transportation routes.