Settled around 1750, when Pennsylvania farmers came searching for new grazing ground for cattle, the town of Chester still bears its Pennsylvanian and English roots. The area also served as a buffer zone between the Catawba Indian Tribe, and the Cherokee Nation. Chester, which began as a Native American trading post, later became a crucial center of commerce, and was a major railroad hub during the Civil War. Mary Boykin Chesnut wrote about Chester’s days during the Civil War, in her famous Diary From Dixie. After the war, Chester became known for its mix of differing architectural styles, and many of these structures are intact, and maintained to this day. A $1.8 million dollar revitalization effort has further enhanced the town’s timeless charm.
- 4.1.E Analyze multiple perspectives on the economic, political, and social developments of British North America and South Carolina.
- This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into the continuities and changes experienced by Americans of various genders, positions, races, and social status during the Civil War.
- This indicator was designed to encourage inquiry into the Civil War focusing on the impacts of military strategies and major turning points on South Carolina and the U.S.
- 8.4.E Utilize a variety of primary and secondary sources to analyze multiple perspectives of the challenges and changes within South Carolina and the nation that allowed the U.S. to emerge as a global power during the time period 1862–1929.