|About Gaffney, SC|
Small town charm. Big city conveniences.
In 1803, Michael Gaffney established a store where two Indian trails crossed - the current intersection of the highways U.S. 29 and S.C. 11. His store flourished and soon other businesses started to emerge. A resort hotel was built near Limestone Springs, where visitors would come from miles around to soak in the therapeutic springs.
As the settlement of Gaffney, SC grew, the hotel was converted into a college for women, which today houses the administrative offices of Limestone College. Gaffney continued to grow and in 1873, the railroad was built. This led to more growth, including more streets, homes and businesses. This little trading post town was becoming quite popular. In 1887, Gaffney’s textile industry was established and cotton became the major agricultural crop. With business booming, Cherokee County was formed, public utilities were established and a public library and hospital were built. Agriculture and the spinning and weaving of cotton were the main employment all the way until 1945.
With the end of World War II, the diversification of industry started. Textiles along with dyeing, finishing, apparel manufacturing, metal fabricating, and food processing were now all major employers. Distribution centers were established to utilize the highway and rail systems. And cotton gave way to peaches. Hence, the world-famous peach shaped water tower.
Today in the Gaffney area, the small town charm still exists. In the buildings. In the neighborhoods. And most importantly, in the people. Diversity is still quite evident in the 36 churches representing 13 denominations. There’s also tons of shopping whether it’s in uptown Gaffney or along the Interstate, where you’ll find the Prime Outlets with over 80 brand name stores. And it’s all tucked away in a little nook just 45 minutes southwest of Charlotte and 40 minutes north of Greenville.