Named for the Cheraw Indians, whose main town was nearby, Cheraw began as a small trading post at the head of navigation on the Great Pee Dee River. Joseph and Eli Kershaw were granted a part of what is now Cheraw in 1768, and shortly thereafter laid out the present wide streets and town green. This is now the nucleus of the 213 acre National Register Cheraw Historic District, rich with gardens and parks and the architectural legacy of more than 200 years.
Cheraw is a beautiful place in all seasons. Winter camellias give way to spring azaleas and fall leaves and residents have more time to enjoy their families, friends and outdoor adventures.
The Cheraw Visitors Bureau has many brochures available to help in plan your visit. Want to learn more? Request a Visitor Package for more information about Cheraw, SC and all our beautiful town has to offer.
Located in Chesterfield County, SC, Cheraw is a great place to build your business.
Cheraw, SC a beautiful town - historically and culturally rich and a wonderful place to visit or those who are looking for a new place to call home or start a business.
There's a good reason why the Cheraw Police Department resembles a train station. While the tracks are long gone, this structure was originally built in 1916 as a freight station by the Atlantic Coastline Railroad to accommodate Cheraw's bustling cotton market. Extensive cotton platforms were once located behind the station, and a short side track positioned along Duvall Street connected with the main railroad track. Across the street were rows of cotton warehouses. For many years, a cotton market operated in the center of downtown's Market Street. The freight station was renovated as the town's police headquarters in the 1980's with a second renovation and expansion ten years later.
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