Michael Gaffney was born in Ireland and came to the United States in 1797. He departed New York City for Charleston then headed inland. He married Mary "Polly" Smith and in 1804 bought some land and built a home, store, and trading post at what became known as Gaffney's Corners. Thus began the town of Gaffney. The cabin has been restored with...more
There are three entire historic districts in Gaffney along with several individual places that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Buildings of historical and/or architectural interest abound. There are also two National Historic Parks/Battlefields relating to the Revolutionary War nearby.more
This is one of 14 libraries built in South Carolina using money donated by industrialist Andrew Carngie. This one was built in 1914 using the Classical Revival style of architecture. It served as a library until 1972 and now houses county offices. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.more
Gaffney is located in Northern South Carolina near the border with North Carolina. It is the county seat of Cherokee County and has a population of over 12,000. Gaffney was established when Michael Gaffney moved to the area in 1804 and established a lodge and tavern by a major crossroads. Gaffney became the county seat in 1897. The Cherokee County...more
the battle of cowpens was fought in january 1781 during the american revolutionary war. this battle was part of the southern campaign between the armies of british general cornwallis and continental general greene. on january 17 the 1781 the forces of british general banastre tarleton attacked the forces of general daniel morgan. after a one hour...more
the carnegie library was built in 1916 by steel magnate andrew carnegie. andrew canegie funded the construction of 2,811 libraries in the united states and europe in the early 20 th century. today the carnegie is the cherokee county administration building. the carnegie library is listed on the national register of historic places.more
the cherokee county courthouse is located next the administration building (old carnegie library) in downtown gaffney. i could not find any architectural information of this structure but it's design is stripped classical and i would quess it was built in the early to mid 20 the century.more
pictured is the historic gaffney cabin located across the street from the gaffney visitor center. michael gaffney moved to smith ford in 1800. he bought 805 acres of land and built this cabin, a store, and a tavern. after the constuction of these buildings smith ford was known as gaffney's cross roads.more
I don't think there is a lot to do in Gaffney. In all fairness I have not given Gaffney much thought or research. I remember that my college roommate back in the 1970's came from Gaffney, South Carolina. And I know that 30 years later my daughter and learned to stop and eat in Gaffney, South Carolina. Here is Danielle learning why the restaurant is...more
I'll never be able to read James and the Giant Peach again without visualizing Gaffney's Peachoid; a one million gallon water tower monstrosity. Visible from I-84, the Peachoid resembles a giant orange butt- even bigger than mine!The Peochoid boldly proclaims to passerby, "Our peaches are the BEST, F- Georgia!!"You simply can't pass through Gaffney...more
At the corner of Frederick and Limestone (on the corner with Elmore's Barbershop), you'll see this historical marker that honors one of Gaffney's prominent 19th century citizens, A. N. Wood and his wife. Wood was a banker among other things and built many buildings in Gaffney as well as being a well-known philanthropist. Personally, I've never...more
143 Corona Dr, Gaffney, SC 29341
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115 Nancy Creek Rd, Gaffney, SC 29341
Good for: Families
132 New Painter Road,I-85 at SR 105, Exit #90, I-8
Good for: Business
$12 as of September 2011. Daddy Joe's goes for a beach type atmosphere, even though the ocean is not nearby. There is outdoor seating and inside is all rough, faded wood, old license plates and old video games like Pacman. Jeans and T-shirts abound and much of the clientele is fairly young. They specialize in Barbecue and Seafood but they also...more
This picture is worth a thousand words. At FATZ you get lots of good fattening food. This plate was priced at $10.00. I got a slab of ribs, fried chicken planks, real mashed potatoes and gravy, and brocolli smothered in melted cheese sauce. Your arteries may clog but the food goes down with gusto. I guarantee you will not leave FATZ hungry. As any...more
My visit to Gaffney was highlighted by an exciting visit to this crowded and bustling focal point of the community. Ha!!!!
Okay, here's where I came to make my court appearance in Courtroom A. My discussion with the judge was brief:
Judge: Mr. Mark Jones. 80 in a 60. How do you plead?
Me: No lo contendre, Your Honor.
Judge: Okay, enter a plea of no lo contendre. Pay the clerk. Next . . .
I decided to plead this way to avoid having any negative points on my insurance or on my driving record. As a result, I had to pay $150 as my speeding fine. Let's hope the great town of Gaffney uses my money for some economic stimulus, because the place looked pretty dead to me.
Not too far from Gaffney is King's Mountain National Military Park. The battle here was fought on 7 October 1780 and was the first major victory for the colonials after the British invaded Charleston in May of the same year. Many historians considered the Battle at King's Mountain a major turing point in the American Revolution. Interestingly...more
On Hwy11 going towards Cowpens, keep an eye out for a sign to Furnace Mills. The small, brown sign is on the right hand side. Turn down the narrow, dirt/gravel road and watch for the rembrants of the mill on the left. It's not much to see, but is pretty all the same. There is a minute dam that sorta takes on the appearance of two miniscule water...more
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Final Exam (1981) was partially filmed at Limestone College in Gaffney.A killer stands between college students and their final exam in this slow-paced slasher movie. Not a great film by any standards, however it is moderately enjoyable. It may be that it only holds my interest because of where it was filmed.I was unable to find a copy on DVD. I...more
This massive stone structure rises boldly through the warm southern sky and dominates the skyline of historic Gaffney. Okay, it's actually just a runt of a building, but it is the tallest one I saw in Gaffney. It's not often that a city's two water towers are both taller than its tallest buildings.more
Along Interstate 85, you'll see this impressive water tower called the Peachoid as you pass by Gaffney. Incidentally, South Carolina actually produces more peaches than Georgia, despite the fact that its southern neighbor is known as the Peach State and SC's moniker is the Palmetto State. There is even an annual Peach Festival in Gaffney. For more...more