Gaffney’s small town character and central location make it a great place to visit. Located right off the I-85 corridor, Gaffney is less than an hour from Charlotte and Greenville. It’s filled with history, charm, shopping and friendly people.
The Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery is a great first stop, where you will receive personal assistance in planning an itinerary for a day, a weekend, or a lifetime. The Center offers maps, guides, brochures, and information on special events to enhance your visit.
WHERE TO STAY
First, you’ll need a room. There are many fine hotels in the area, including Baymont Inn and Suites, which comes highly recommended on Trip Advisor.
Baymont Inn and Suites in Gaffney offers clean, comfortable rooms within walking distance of a number of restaurants. The pool area is inviting – perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration, or to amuse little ones.
With the charm of a country inn, guests will also have access to an Internet kiosk, fitness room and daily newspaper, plus continental breakfast. Premium rooms offer a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. Then, it’s off to find adventure in a dozen different ways.
The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC, in May 1780. The National Military Park preserves the site of this important battle and is definitely worth a visit. All ages will be fascinated.
History enthusiasts will also want to explore Cowpens National Battlefield. The Battle of Cowpens took place on January 17, 1781 and became known as the turning point of the revolutionary War in the south. Visitors can enjoy touring the Visitor Center, with its Revolutionary War artifacts, a reproduction three-pounder cannon, interpretive exhibits and hands-on exhibits for children. There are also theme-related souvenirs available for purchase.The “It Happened Here, It Happens Here” exhibit is located at the Gaffney Visitors Center. This exhibit includes panels that take you back through time to the Revolutionary War, artifacts, and an interactive floor map with locations in Cherokee Country that signify important Rev War events. Recently, an entire wall of this exhibit space was dedicated to Local Heroes of the American Revolutionary War.
BE A CHOWHOUND
Try Harold's Restaurant, located in historic downtown Gaffney since 1932, they were featured on the Food Network, Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. For the ultimate in Americana comfort food, try their world-famous chili burger for less than $2.
A lighter choice is Boston Annies, also located in the downtown area and offers subs, salads and sweets. If you’re looking for a “sweet life” stop by Sweet Life Creamery for some delicious homemade custard.
SHOP OR PLAY
Your afternoon can be filled with more battlefield experiences, or you can opt for more gentle skirmishes – shopping at Gaffney Outlet Marketplace – known for 75 stores, including the likes of Polo Ralph Lauren, Kate Spade, J. Crew and much more. Bargain hunters delight in this beautifully upscale group of stores. The food court offers plenty of refreshment centers keep energy levels high, and your sweet tooth satisfied.
Bringing a piece of the past home with you is now easier than ever; while exploring Gaffney’s remarkable main street there is plenty of opportunity to wander through the many antique shops available. For the old at heart Black Horse Antiques, Pieces from the Past Antiques and Broad River Shops will suit your taste. They offer original and authentic antiques. If you are more of a modern soul then Artz Antiques is the perfect fit for you. They put a modern spin to their one-of-a-kind antique items. Whatever your style happens to be, downtown Gaffney has you covered.
If you are looking for a little fun for all ages, visit The Big E. They have bowling, putt-putt, ropes course, bumper cars, laser tag, in-door climbing playground and arcade games. You can also relax and watch a movie on the huge screen in one of their eight movie theaters. No matter what the age, you will have fun there!
ARTS & EDUCATION
Visitors will enjoy attending productions at Gaffney Little Theatre, and special events at Limestone College. As a college town, Gaffney benefits from Limestone’s talented students, faculty, and guest artists specializing in music, theatre and dance.
Limestone was established in 1845. Before becoming a college the original building was a luxury hotel which welcomed guests from around the world. The stone that represents the state of South Carolina in The Washington Monument was provided by the old Limestone quarry, which is located in the Limestone Springs Historic District. Ten buildings on the campus, as well as the Limestone Springs and Limestone quarry, are on the National Registry of Historic Places.
You’ll find traveling exhibits of art at the Premium Outlets, Limestone College, and the local campus of Spartanburg Community College. Year round exhibits are hosted at the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum, Gaffney City Hall, and the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery.
NIGHT-TIME AMUSEMENTSWhen it’s time to dine, locally-owned restaurants can serve up something for every taste. Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ was mentioned in Southern Living magazine gaining recognition for being one of six Southern restaurants where the magazine recommends ordering ribs and is also included on the official South Carolina BBQ Trail map. Another local favorite is Pete’s of Gaffney. They offer a variety of dishes from Greek and Italian to the southern classic meat and three.
For those who enjoy the nightclub scene, Capri on Main is an old, single-screen movie theatre which has been converted into a club featuring live touring bands and comedy acts. A full-service bar provides your favorite libation.
By now you and yours are undoubtedly exhausted from all the food, fun, history and music. Time for bed and a very restful sleep. Tomorrow, there’s more fun to be had.
Up early, to enjoy a hidden gem in Gaffney. The Cherokee County History and Arts Museum is guaranteed to entertain all ages. It offers a rich resource for Cherokee County History & Culture. This museum educates as it entertains. Visitors will learn about weapons used by American Indians, as well as the rhythm of life for early European settlers. Limestone mining and peach farming are just two of the activities portrayed in the 5,000 sq. ft. museum. History lovers will enjoy the reproduction of a small-town doctor’s office, a tiny depression-era kitchen and a church sanctuary. The work of area artists and crafters is also highlighted.
The Cherokee County History and Arts Museum is part of the Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS) and is located near the Limestone College campus. Check the Website for admission information.
LUNCHTIME AND BEYOND
Bronco Mexican Restaurant is a favorite among locals. Its Mexican food is authentic and downright delicious. Make sure you save time to stroll before and after you dine. Finish touring the nearby battlegrounds, and spend some time wandering the back roads.
Whether you’re getting into Gaffney for a day, a weekend or a lifetime there is always something exciting in store for you.
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