Gaffney Travel Guide

  • Visitors Center
    Visitors Center
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  • Diorama of Battle
    Diorama of Battle
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    Gaffney City Hall
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Gaffney Things to Do

  • Michael Gaffney Cabin

    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...

  • Gaffney Historic Districts

    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.

  • Colonel James Williams Memorial

    There is also a memorial on the courthouse grounds specifically for Colonel James Williams, a hero of the Battle of King's Mountain, a pivotal battle during the Revolutionary War.

  • Veterans Memorial

    There is a nice memorial to the veterans from Cherokee County who paid the ultimate price while serving their country in the nation's wars. I feel it is important to remember the contributions the nation's military have made to the our freedom and way of life.

  • Carnegie Library

    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.

  • Gaffney and Cherokee County

    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...

  • battle of cowpens

    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...

  • carnegie library

    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.

  • cherokee county courthouse

    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.

  • gaffney cabin

    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.

  • visitors center

    a good first stop on a visit to gaffney is the gaffney visitors center. at the visitors center you can information on hotels, restaurants, and attractions of the gaffney area.

  • Eat

    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...

  • The Peachoid

    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...

  • First Baptist Church

    A few blocks down the slight hill (possibly south??) on Limestone, you'll find this impressive church. Looking down Limestone, you'll see a few church spires which would make for a good photo in the right light.

  • Historical Markers

    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...


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Gaffney Restaurants

  • Good Food under the Giant Peach!

    My wife and I stopped at FATZ in Gaffney, partly because it's under the Peachoid and partly because we wanted something relatively fast so we could get home. When we got inside, it was packed and there was quite a wait for a table. But they offered to sit us at the bar and we could order dinner from there. My wife got ribs and I got a burger....

  • Very Nice "Beach" Place

    $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...

  • BBQ

    daddy joe's beach house BBQ is a very good bar-b-cue restaurant in gaffney. daddy joe's serves very good south carolina style chopped bar-b-cue. daddy joe's is well worth a side trip off I-85 in the gaffney area.

  • Don't miss the fat fried food and ribs

    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...

  • Don't miss the dinner rolls

    After being seated and ordering our drinks, soft drinks only because no alcohol is served in FATZ., our waitress asked "Do yall want dinner rolls first?" In my best Eric Cartman from South Park voice I said "Hell yes I want dinner rolls." Well I did leave out the hell yes to be polite but it was a perfect Eric Cartman moment. She brought us this...

  • One big FATZ restaurant

    If you grow tired of all the chain restaurants along the Interstate highways in the South you will find FATZ to be a welcome change. You will find huge portions of food, most of it fried of course, friendly waiters and waitresses, and fun customers to dine with. Remember to look for the giant peach or butt if you get confused. FATZ sits right under...


Gaffney Warnings and Dangers

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    by acemj Updated Apr 30, 2003

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    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.

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Gaffney Off The Beaten Path

  • King's Mountain National Military Park

    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...

  • Furnace Mills

    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...

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Gaffney Favorites

  • The Big Entertainment Outlet

    'The Big E' offers activities and entertainment for the whole family! 8 movie theaters, an arcade, soft-play zone for children, a full bowling alley, and an adjacent bar & grill featuring live entertainment, karaoke, pool tables, and other activities! The Big E is located at 1100 Factory Shops Blvd, Gaffney, SC

  • Final Exam

    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...

  • Gaffney's "skyscraper"

    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.


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