Why Chesterfield County, SC?
Chesterfield County is truly one of the best-kept secrets of the South. The area is rich in history, has great schools and restaurants, and some of the best opportunities to enjoy nature and recreational activities. The friendly people, southern charm, tight-knit communities and true hometown feel cannot be beaten.
Located in South Carolina, on the North Carolina border, Chesterfield County is an easy drive to Charlotte, Columbia, and the Atlantic Coast. It is the 3rd largest county in South Carolina, and though it covers nearly 800 square miles in area, it does not have any of the headaches such as congestion or urban sprawl of the nearby bigger cities. You can take a breath, relax and enjoy a less hectic lifestyle here.
On the edge of the Great Pee Dee River lies the largest town in Chesterfield County, Cheraw, “the prettiest town in Dixie.” Cheraw is a beautiful, historic town of about 6,000 people. Its extensive history goes back to Pre-Revolutionary times; hence there are a plethora of fascinating historical landmarks to explore. Get to know this charming area by taking one of the Historic Tours. Try visiting Old St. David’s Church, the oldest Confederate Monument in the U.S., Cheraw Town Hall, Ingram’s Pee Dee River Artifacts Room, Riverside Park, or the Merchants Bank, among many other outstanding locales!
Maybe check out another more recent, but significant, piece of Cheraw’s history while you’re exploring our beautiful town. Plan a stop at the Dizzy Gillespie Home Site Park and be introduced to Cheraw’s own native son. Move along to Cheraw’s Town Green and take pictures with a 7-ft bronze statue of our beloved jazz trumpeter and composer. If you are lucky enough to be in town during the month of October, join us as we honor the historical art of jazz that Dizzy Gillespie brought to our town with his musical enthusiasm and extraordinary talent by attending the annual South Carolina Jazz Festival.
In the northeast corner of the county, you will find the quaint little town of Pageland, home of Chesterfield County’s largest festival, the not-so-quaint Award Winning Pageland Watermelon Festival! This long running event, held in July each year, has been delighting its attendees since 1951. From the beauty pageants, amusement rides, parade, crafts, and of course all the delicious watermelon you could desire, you will not want to overlook Pageland, nor miss this annual event!
Between Cheraw and Pageland lies the namesake of the county, Chesterfield. Nowadays, Chesterfield prides itself on holding the title of a “Tree City USA” for over 20 years, but the history of this town goes back well over 200 years! The East Main Street Historic District showcases some lovely architecture of several buildings dating back to 1798.
At the south end of the county, you’ll find yet another charming town in McBee. This was one of the points on the Seaboard Airline Columbia-to-Cheraw Railroad line. After this was established in 1900, McBee saw a fairly significant boom in population, agriculture, and prominence. Today you can visit the McBee Depot Library and Railroad Museum, which is the site of the famous old train Depot.
From Cheraw to Pageland, Chesterfield to McBee, and all points in between, there really is so much to discover and enjoy in Chesterfield county!
Leisure and recreational activities abound! A visit to Cheraw State Park will provide hours of enjoyment year-round. Activities include boating, camping, bird watching, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, biking, hiking, and even geocaching! There is also a playground, volleyball court, pedal boat rentals, equestrian trails and facilities, not to mention one of the finest golf courses in the state. There is so much to explore; you’ll have to come back for more!
Another gem centered in the middle of Chesterfield County is Sand Hills State Forest. This area is comprised of over 46,000 acres of sand deposited in the region by a prehistoric sea. Forestry, wildlife, and fish management are primary goals of this State Park, but recreational opportunities are plentiful as well: hunting in season, horseback riding, bird watching, nature studies and walks, fishing, hiking, and primitive camping. Also within Sand Hills State Forest, Sugar Loaf Mountain, simply known as “The Mountain”, has been a gathering place for families for over a century!
Yet another recreational amenity the area offers is the H. Cooper Black Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area where national-level field trial and retriever competitions are held. They also offer top notch equestrian trails and facilities, as well as a water fowl pond, meeting hall, and camping sites. Boredom will not be an option here!
Chesterfield County schools offer a variety of scholastic options. From a fully accredited school district, excellent Christian and Baptist private schools, and even a technical college, to the committed teachers in the classrooms, one’s educational path is bound to be a successful one here. For additional information visit our school district’s website.
From dining to shopping to simply taking a stroll down one of our many tree lined streets, you will feel at ease and at home in our friendly community. Short, traffic-free commutes, low cost of living, including low home owners insurance rates and property taxes in the lowest third in the country, a very pleasant and desirable climate with many sunny days and mild winters, all represent just a few more reasons why Chesterfield County is worth a second look. You will not soon forget this hidden gem!
So, why Chesterfield County, SC?