Cherokee County
History & Arts Museum
301 College Drive
Gaffney, S.C. 29340

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

Open Monday-Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

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 Date Time Event Additional Information
Now through October 3   CHAPS Raffle Fundraiser Win a free Event Hall rental (valued at $750).
Tickets available now at the Museum and from CHAPS Members for $5.00 each.
Winning ticket will be drawn before the 7:30pm Ghost Walk tour departure.
October 2-7 Upstate Revolutionary War Weekend Relive Our Revolution all across the Upstate through various activities in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties.
October 3 6:30pm to 8:30pm Ghost Walk 2015 Tickets available beginning August 31 for 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 tours.  $15 adults; $10 under 12.  $5 per person discount for CHAPS members.
October 4 5:00pm to 6:30pm Spirits of Independence Tour Tickets available beginning August 31 for 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30pm tours.  $10 per person.
October 4

October 5
Sunday-noon to 5:00pm

Monday-following the March on Main
OVTA Living History Encampment The Overmountain Victory Trail Association Living History Encampment will open on the Museum Mustering Grounds.  Free admission.

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 and hosted Cowboys:  Dust of the Trail in summer 2014.  Most recently, local football was celebrated with the Mud, Sweat, and Cheers football exhibit.

A partnership with the Limestone College communications department has allowed for installation of a smart-layer in the Museum galleries which allows visitors an interactive experience through videos about the objects and stories that make our collection so great.  Scan the QR code below for a sample:


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.
  Special rates apply for groups of 10 or more.
  Certain membership levels provide free admission.

  Operating Hours:
  Open Mondays-Fridays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  Saturday times vary by event/ ahead.



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