Cherokee County
History & Arts Museum
301 College Drive
Gaffney, S.C. 29340

A 90ft Mural, by artist Bill Briggs, is used to explain the role the backcountry of South Carolina played in the American Revolution.
Upcoming Exhibits, Programs, and Events

NOTICE:  New, expanded Museum hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm!
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  Time Event Additional Information
September 22-November 22
10:00am to 4:00pm

The American Revolutionary War 
1775-1783 in South Carolina

In Partnership with the S.C. State Museum
Made possible by The Humanities Council SC

A part of Gaffney's "Relive Your Revolution" events associated with the Upstate Rev War Weekend and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association History Symposium.

Displayed for the first time outside of the S.C. State Museum, The American Revolution in South Carolina examines the major role that S.C. played in the War for Independence, where over 200 engagements took place (more than any other colony).
November 21-22   Overmountain Victory Trail
Association History Symposium

Click here for symposium speakers, exhibits, and other activities.

Symposium Program

December 6 7:30am to 10:30am Pancakes For Preservation
With special guests:  
The Gaffney High School Varsity Basketball Team

Start your day off with a heap of homemade pancakes, sausage, bacon and choice of a variety of beverages.  Tickets available now at the Museum or from any CHAPS Board or Staff Member.

$10 adults, $5 under 12
includes museum admission and breakfast.

December 14 2:00pm to 6:00pm
In the Spirit of Christmas Walking Tour

Tickets available now at the Museum Gift Shop.

$15 per person.

Call 864-489-3988 for details and reservations.

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Located on the 1812 mustering ground of the South Carolina Militia and the site of the historic Central School, the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum is also home to the offices of its governing body, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.

Phase One of the facility opened in May 2008.  The Museum houses nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits ranging in topic from Native Americans and the American Revolution to Geology and Moonshiners.  Since opening the Museum has hosted special exhibits such as the Corridor of Shame, Artful Bra Project, and a presentation of pieces by internationally-known artist Johnnie Lee Gray, immediately following their display at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

In 2011, the Museum commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks through the exhibit Eyewitnesses to 9/11: From Tragedy to Transformation.  In addition, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society partnered with Gaffney High School for the "Where Were You?" oral history project.  In May 2013, the Museum presented the special exhibit Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers in celebration of its fifth anniversary.    

The Museum is quickly becoming a popular rentable space having hosted various events including business conferences, wedding receptions, reunions, and more.

Renovations on Phase Two of the building have been completed increasing the amount and quality of rentable spaces thanks to a generous grant from The Timken Foundation.  Upon completion of Phases II and III, the History & Arts Museum will house over 20,000sq. feet of exhibits, meeting spaces, and educational resources for Cherokee County residents and visitors.

The Museum is recently completed the Museum Assessment Program through the American Association of Museums and has been named a Blue Star Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts for the past three years.


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  Museum Admission:  $5.00
  Rates may vary during special events/fundraisers.
  Certain membership levels provide free admission.

  Normal Operating Hours:
  Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
  Saturday times vary by event/ ahead.



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