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Cherokee County, South Carolina

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  • Roland T. Clary (1875 - 1917)
    Published in The Gaffney (SC) Ledger on Saturday, June 2, 1917 (page 1) Roland Clary. Roland Clary of Cherokee Falls died last Sunday after a brief illness. The remains were buried at Draytonville Bapt...
  • Sarah "Alma" Clary-Dover (1880 - 1968)
  • Buford Medley (1922 - 2002)
    Buford L. Medley, 79, died Thursday, March 7, 2002, at Brookview Healthcare Center. Born in Gaffney, he was the son of the late Junie Medley and the late Alice Mabry Simpson and stepson of the late S...
  • Cleveland Eugene Medley (1921 - 1988)
    Obituary U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 about Cleveland E. Medley Name: Cleveland E. Medley SSN: 248-14-9816 Last Residence: 29340 Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina, USA BORN: 3 Feb 192...

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This area was occupied for thousands of years by indigenous peoples and by the historic Cherokee people before European encounter.

When European traders and settlers entered the area, they used the existing Native American paths: called collectively the Trading Path. The Upper Road and Lower Cherokee Traders Path were paths that passed through the piedmont. The former connected to Fredericksburg, Virginia, leading from the Virginia Tidewater into the Piedmont and to the South. The Lower Cherokee Traders Path especially connected areas in present-day western North Carolina, northern South Carolina and northeastern Georgia. In the mid-18th century, waves of British migrants and immigrants, an estimated 250,000 people, traveled by these paths into Cherokee and neighboring counties in the piedmont. This backcountry area was initially settled especially by immigrant Ulster Scots people, Germans and Anglo-Americans migrating into the area.

In later years, some plantations were developed and black slaves were brought into the area as labor.

The Battle of Cowpens, a decisive engagement of the American Revolution's southern theatre, was fought on January 17, 1781, in northwestern Cherokee County, north of the town of Cowpens.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Towns & Communities

  • Blacksburg
  • Chesnee (part)
  • Corinth
  • Draytonville
  • East Gaffney
  • Gaffney (County Seat)
  • Goucher
  • Grassy Pond
  • Smyrna (part)
  • Thicketty



The Battle of Cowpens

Winnie Davis Hall

The Zeno Hicks House

Irene Mill Finishing Plant

The Jefferies House

Battle of King's Mountain

The Magness-Humphries House

Mulberry Chapel Methodist Church

The Nuckolls-Jefferies House

Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemeter

Roots & Recall - Cherokee County