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Get Into Gaffney, South Carolina - where the past is honored, the present is engaging and the future is inviting. Located at the northern point of the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway and Exit 92 on Interstate 85, Gaffney is easily accessible. You will want to make your first stop at the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery located just two miles from Exit 92, where knowledgeable staff will extend personal assistance with an itinerary to fit your schedule and budget.
Rich in history and arts, the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery is an attraction of its own. Preserving its history, the City of Gaffney acquired a grant to purchase the historic "old post office" in 2009. During its "renovation" project, City officials, staff, and contractors quickly changed its plans to be that of a "restoration" project, unveiling numerous architectural and ornate features of the original construction of 1913. Opening in September 2010, the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery is also home to the Cherokee Alliance of Visual Artists (CAVA), a non-profit organization compiled of Cherokee County artists. The gallery located in this facility features rotating exhibits of works by local artists and often displays the works of visiting artists. A jewel to your visit would be to arrive while artists are working in the studio so you can observe "art in the making." Free admission to the art gallery makes the Center a must-see as visitors and citizens Get Into Gaffney Arts.
Southern charm makes Gaffney one of the most desirable places to live and visit. Whether you are getting into your "golden years," needing a vacation, or looking for a wonderful place to raise your family, great opportunities await you. Showcasing four seasons annually; and being a hop to the mountains, a hop and skip to the beach, and a quick run to numerous large cities, we invite you to Get into Gaffney.
Get Into History
Plan time to visit Gaffney's many historic sites, including three nationally certified historic districts. Gaffney, the county seat for Cherokee County, envelops three national military parks; Kings Mountain National Battlefield, Cowpens Battleground, and the Over the Mountain Victory Trail - all significant to the turn of America's freedom from the British during the Revolutionary War.
Continue Getting into Gaffney's history as you explore the historic downtown area with visits to the Michael Gaffney Log Home, the City Hall Park with its historic water fountain, and the new Gaffney City Hall ringing the sounds of the bell suspended in the clock tower of the original City Hall constructed in the late 1800s. Upon departure of the historic commercial district, stroll through the streets of Gaffney's Residential Historic District, with homes constructed between 1890 and 1930, generally of frame or brick construction with fine examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Neo-Classical, Victorian, and Bungalow styles. Located on College Drive, nestled in the historic residential district, you'll want to enrich your historic exploration with a visit to the Cherokee History Museum. The Residential Historic District will lead you to the beautiful Limestone Springs Historic District encompassing much of the Limestone College campus, Nesbitt's Quarry (locally referred to as the Limestone Quarry), and the Limestone Springs Baptist Church.
Get Into Arts & Entertainment
Get into Gaffney Arts and Entertainment by attending annual festivals, concerts, theatrical productions, and local art galleries. Downtown Gaffney is home to the Gaffney Little Theatre offering numerous theatrical productions. Additional entertainment is offered by Limestone University's arts and music departments hosting an array of captivating performances. You'll find traveling exhibits of art at Gaffney Outlet Marketplace, Limestone University, and the local campus of Spartanburg Community College. Year-round exhibits are hosted at the Cherokee County History Museum, the Gaffney City Hall, and the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery.