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.
Since Cheraw is one of South Carolina's oldest towns, many visitors come to Cheraw to trace their family roots and visit the “ancestral home.” Unfortunately, General Sherman's troops burned the Chesterfield County Courthouse so research can be challenging. Cheraw information may be found in the following places:
227 Huger Street, Cheraw
Matheson has a history room with a number of useful books.
119 West Main Street, Chesterfield
200 West Main, Chesterfield
2249 Main Street, Chesterfield
(843)623-2244 (always call first) Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The “Old Cheraws” judicial district covered three counties, so information may be found in several other places including Marlboro County Library in Bennettsville, Darlington County Historical Commission in Darlington, and Hartsville Genealogical Research Library in Hartsville.
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