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.
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- 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 continuities and changes of the experiences of marginalized groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and women, as the U.S. expanded westward and grappled with the development of new states.
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