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.
Welcome to the “Prettiest Town in Dixie”. I'm extremely proud to be the mayor of my hometown. Cheraw is known for its friendly people, well-maintained neighborhoods, great schools, active churches, incredible parks, low crime and low taxes. We strive to maintain our small town atmosphere, while offering unique advantages that provide professional and personal growth opportunities.
Located on the banks of the Great Pee Dee River, Cheraw is a beautiful antebellum town of approximately 6,000 people. Much of Cheraw is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the town is the birthplace of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie.
Cheraw is in the heart of the two Carolinas, within an easy drive of the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are also home to two challenging golf courses, and if you enjoy the great outdoors, Cheraw State Park is only minutes from our Town Green and offers a beautiful lake, camping, and walking trails.
Life is a little easier in Cheraw, giving residents more time to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. If you are already a part of our community, thank you. If you are considering relocating your home or business to Cheraw, or considering a visit, please do. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Andy Ingram, Mayor
Town of Cheraw
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