Cherokee County
History & Arts Museum
301 College Drive
Gaffney, S.C. 29340
864-489-3988

A 90ft Mural, by artist Bill Briggs, is used to explain the role the backcountry of South Carolina played in the American Revolution.
Upcoming Exhibits, Programs, and Events

NOTICE:  New, expanded Museum hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm!
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Date Time Event Additional Information
September 11 Call for Time Wine Tasting Seminar Led by Ed Cazel.  Call 864-489-3988 for time and ticket information.
September 16 4:00pm to 6:00pm Family Night  Free admission to Museum Galleries.
September 16 6:00pm to 8:00pm Constitution Day Forum Historian Ivory Wilson leads a discussion on the United States Constitution.  Free admission.
September 20 7:00pm Casino Night $30 per person includes admission, $2,000 in play money, one drink ticket, food, and fun.  Tickets must be purchased in advance, available now at the Museum or from CHAPS Board Members.
September 22 - November 22
Monday-Friday
10:00am to 4:00pm
The American Revolutionary War 
1775-1783 in South Carolina

In Partnership with the S.C. State Museum
Made possible by The Humanities Council SC

A part of Gaffney's "Relive Your Revolution" events associated with the Upstate Rev War Weekend.
Displayed for the first time outside of the S.C. State Museum, The American Revolution in South Carolina examines the major role that S.C. played in the War for Independence, where over 200 engagements took place (more than any other colony).
October 5 5:00pm to 6:30pm Spirits of Independence Tours
A part of Gaffney's "Relive Your Revolution" events associated with the Upstate Rev War Weekend.  Made possible by the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Ed Brown's Championship Rodeo, City of Gaffney, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association.
90-minute guided covered wagon tours of Gaffney's Revolutionary War sites and exhibits presented by the Spirits of our American Independence.  

$10 per person

Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30pm.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Limited Availability!  Call 864-489-3988 or 864-487-6244 for more information.
November 1 6:00pm to 9:00pm Ghost Walk 2014
Made possible by the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Nestle Foods, Ed Brown's Championship Rodeo, The Charlestowne Few, Pieces From the Past Antiques, and Captain Moses Wood Camp #125 Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Take a journey through Gaffney's Nationally Registered Historic Residential and Commercial Districts where you will encounter the ghosts of our past, come to life, to share their intriguing stories.

Wagon rides depart every 30 minutes beginning at 6:00pm with the final tour departing at 9:00pm.  

Tickets must be purchased in advance by phone or in person at the Museum.  Call 864-489-3988.  
$20 per person.  Limited Availability!
December 6 8:00am to 11:00am Pancakes For Preservation More info coming soon.


Located on the 1812 mustering ground of the South Carolina Militia and the site of the historic Central School, the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum is also home to the offices of its governing body, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society, Inc.

Phase One of the facility opened in May 2008.  The Museum houses nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of permanent exhibits ranging in topic from Native Americans and the American Revolution to Geology and Moonshiners.  Since opening the Museum has hosted special exhibits such as the Corridor of Shame, Artful Bra Project, and a presentation of pieces by internationally-known artist Johnnie Lee Gray, immediately following their display at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

In 2011, the Museum commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks through the exhibit Eyewitnesses to 9/11: From Tragedy to Transformation.  In addition, the Cherokee Historical & Preservation Society partnered with Gaffney High School for the "Where Were You?" oral history project.  In May 2013, the Museum presented the special exhibit Pirates, Privateers, and Buccaneers in celebration of its fifth anniversary.    

The Museum is quickly becoming a popular rentable space having hosted various events including business conferences, wedding receptions, reunions, and more.

Renovations on Phase Two of the building have been completed increasing the amount and quality of rentable spaces thanks to a generous grant from The Timken Foundation.  Upon completion of Phases II and III, the History & Arts Museum will house over 20,000sq. feet of exhibits, meeting spaces, and educational resources for Cherokee County residents and visitors.

The Museum is recently completed the Museum Assessment Program through the American Association of Museums and has been named a Blue Star Museum by the National Endowment for the Arts for the past three years.

 

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  Museum Admission:  $5.00
  Rates may vary during special events/fundraisers.
  Certain membership levels provide free admission.

  Normal Operating Hours:
  Monday-Friday 10:00am to 4:00pm
  Saturday times vary by event/season...call ahead.
 

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