In 1897, lands from York, Spartanburg, and Union counties merged to create Cherokee County. The Revolutionary War battle of Cowpens was fought in the county. Cherokee County is named in honor of the Cherokee Indians that lived in the area prior to settlement.

Also referred to as the Old Iron District, Cherokee County is known for the iron mines that powered the area’s pre-Civil War economy. Currently, the county relies much more on the manufacturing industry. However, agriculture is also important in the area, and “Cherokee County is one of the major producers of peaches in all of the U.S.” Gaffney serves as its county seat.

Welcome to Cherokee County. Accessed June 01, 2016.