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Cherokee County, South Carolina

Cherokee County administrative offices are located at 110 Railroad Avenue, Gaffney, SC 29340. Phone: (864) 487‑2560.

Jeffires House

Photo: Jeffires House (Jolly House), circa 1884, locted at 306 South Grannard Street. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 as part of the Gaffney Multiple Resource Area. Photographed by User:Bill Fitzpatrick (own work), 2012, [cc-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed August, 2021.


Cherokee County was formed in 1897. The City of Gaffney became its County Seat. Agriculture and the spinning and weaving of cotton were the main employment until 1945.

The story of Cherokee County [†], South Carolina, is one of transition, growth and tremendous opportunity. It's a story of hard work, close community and forging through challenges to the higher peaks on the other side. It's the story of our home.

The county was created in 1897, made up of parts of Union, Spartanburg and York counties. It's named for the Cherokee Indians, who called this land home long before European settlers. Those settlers brought with them a perseverance and tenacity and fierce independence. It's no wonder the county today is home to two significant Revolutionary War sites—Cowpens National Battlefield, where Brigadere General Daniel Morgan won a decisive victory over British Lt. Col. "Bloody" Banastre Tarleton in January 1781; and Kings Mountain National Military Park, where patriots in October 1780 won a victory that Thomas Jefferson considered "the turn of the tide of success."

† Cherokee County Vision document, A Place to Call Home, 2020, www.aclearvision.org, accessed August, 2021.


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