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.
It is reported that Sam Houston, Texas statesman, governor, and one of the most colorful figures in the Lone Star state's history, visited this home at 506 Kershaw Street in the 1800's to offer a marriage proposal. Built around 1820, the home was originally a one-story frame cottage. The second story was added later. Mariah Campbell, the recipient of that proposal, lived here for a time with her brother, John. Mr. Campbell graduated from South Carolina College in 1819, now the University of South Carolina, and he was elected to the United States Congress on several occasions. It is unknown why Mariah denied Houston's proposal, however she probably made a wise decision since Houston married multiple times during his lifetime. For more about Cheraw's unique history, take advantage of the Historic Cheraw Cell Phone Tour by calling 843.865.3002.
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