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.
Internationally famous stock car racing is held in nearby Darlington (29 miles) at the “Track Too Tough to Tame.” Darlington Raceway is also the home of the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum. Admission.
Rockingham Motor Speedway
Once known as the North Carolina Motor Speedway, this site hosts a variety of events. (25 miles)
South Carolina Cotton Trail
Cheraw is in the middle of this 90 mile heritage trail that stretches from Clio to Bishopville.
Olde English District
Brochures on Cheraw's tourism region feature sites to see between Cheraw and Charlotte.
Carolina's Back Country Revolutionary War Trail
Cheraw is at the southeastern end of this trail where the tide of war began to turn for the Americans.
McLeod Farms in McBee produces peaches, strawberries and garden vegetables, fresh bakery items and homemade peach ice cream. There’s also a museum housing old farming equipment and cars and a country store at their main site on SC 151 about 30 miles southwest of Cheraw. Free.
Eastern SC Heritage Region
ESCHR has an extensive list of sites to see in Cheraw and in towns and counties downstream along the Great Pee Dee River.
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