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.