South Carolina: Cherokee County

Cherokee County (pop. 55,342) is the fourth-smallest county in South Carolina in square miles. It was formed in 1897 from parts of York, Union, and Spartanburg counties.

It is one of eight Cherokee counties in the U.S. It’s unclear which one Randy Newman was writing about in his song “A Wedding in Cherokee County.”

She will laugh at my mighty sword.

The county seat of Cherokee County is Gaffney (pop. 12,414), which calls itself the Peach Capital of South Carolina. It was a center of South Carolina’s textile industry until the 1980s.

Gaffney’s Peachoid water tower

Limestone College in Gaffney was founded in 1845 as the first women’s college in South Carolina. It became fully coeducational in the 1960s.

Winnie Davis Hall (1904)

Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry started the baseball program at Limestone College in 1987.

Disastrously traded to the Indians for Sam McDowell after the 1971 season

Actress Andie MacDowell was born in Gaffney in 1955.

In “Groundhog Day”

Blacksburg (pop. 1,848) was once a center of iron-ore mining. It now has an annual Iron City Festival.

Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates the Battle of Cowpens in the Revolutionary War.

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