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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Date Time Event Additional Information
April 24 4:00pm to 7:00pm Family Night at the Museum
Earth Day Activity for the Kids
Presentations by the Cherokee Soil
and Water Conservation District and Cherokee County Recycling Center at 6:00pm
Free admission from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
May 8 7:00pm to 9:00pm Wine Tasting Seminar
$20 per person for CHAPS members.
$25 per person for non-members.
Call ahead to register...864-489-3988.
May 17 10:00am to 4:00pm Potters on Gaffney's Old Field
Pottery Show & Sale
Potters from across the region show and sale their works at this annual event in its second decade. 

$5 adults/$3 under 12 includes Museum admission.

Potters interested in registering should return the form below:

May 23 9:00am to 4:00pm

Living History Day

Sponsored by The Humanities Council SC  
a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging, and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture, and heritage.


Additional support provided by
Broad River Electric Cooperative, Inc.


A day devoted to educating Cherokee County students through historical re-enactments, storytelling, crafts, exhibits, discussions, and other activities developed to address South Carolina Social Studies Standards. 

Free to Cherokee County students as arranged by the Cherokee County School District.  Regular Museum Admission rates apply to other visitors.

In partnership with the American Legion Post #109, Captain Moses Wood Camp #125 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Cherokee County Veterans Museum, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary 54 Jack E. Daniel, Daniel Morgan Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Moses Wood Chapter #460 United Daughters of the Confederacy, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3447.

September 16 TBA Constitution Day Forum Historian Ivory Wilson leads a discussion on the United States Constitution.
July 11-August 2 During Museum Hours Ed Brown's Rodeo Cowboys Exhibit
Celebrating 46 years of the Ed Brown Rodeo in Cherokee County and the story of the American cowboy.
November 1 6:00pm to 9:00pm Ghost Walk
December 6 8:00am to 11:00am Pancakes For Preservation  

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.

From August 25 to September 17, 2011 the Museum commemorated the 10th 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 year 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 was has been named a Blue Star Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts for the past two 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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