Entertainment & Recreation
(From Brattonsville to the Blumenthal, Some Cherokee County Neighbors, Movies and Arts, Sightseeing and History, Golf and Spectator Sports, Gaffney’s Thompson Park, More near Cherokee County)

Because of our ideal location, weather, history, that we have a private college, and due to being 40 miles outside Charlotte, your entertainment and recreation palate will be more than satisfied – here you are limited only by your imagination!  For instance, on a sunny afternoon you can be in historic Brattonsville reliving life in the American colonies, and in the evening attend the symphony at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  From Brattonsville to Blumenthal…you can’t enjoy such a wide range just anywhere!

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Tedi Gibbons (with local Limestone student Jamin Lester), of the Gaffney Community Little Theater, has big plans for downtown’s Brown Furniture building – a $4 million renovation with the City Council’s blessing, and support via businesses, individuals, and 4 grants through the South Carolina Arts Commission, with completion planned for 2010, will make it the new home and playhouse and multi-purpose facility for our community theater.

With a playhouse befitting the talent pool in Cherokee County, imagine a city block with bakeries, newsstands, and an “arts vibe” that will result from a facility that will be the epicenter of culture in Cherokee County.  Check out the Little Theater Brochure which reviews the season! (2 pages)

Tedi is featured in the Beautiful Gaffney section of this presentation.

Danny Agapion
Golf Professional
Cherokee National Golf Club


“I’ve been head golf pro at Cherokee County Club since 2004.  I chose to come here over other options in Charlotte because of the nice people, the location, and the golf course design and condition.  I enjoy the private club atmosphere, the small town feel, and how the community rallies around the GHS Indians football team – it’s quite a sight.  I would tell someone moving here that it is inexpensive, the quality of life is excellent, and to consider being a member with us.”


“My wife, Melissa, an orthodontic assistant and I, have one daughter, Mya Grace, 2 years old, and a child on the way.  Some days we just play in the yard, but love to go to the park, take a walk downtown, or visit one of the battlefields nearby for a picnic.  We also like to hike.  My favorite pastime is playing with my daughter and there is no better place for that.  I don’t have to spend hours commuting to work or be concerned about it being safe to play in the yard.  I also love photography and the natural beauty here is perfect for playing with the camera.


My best memories are outdoors in the spring and fall, lying on the ground watching the clouds or stars, when the sky is clear, the sounds of nature abound.  This was my favorite thing as a child and it still is.


I would you tell someone moving here to jump right in.  Newcomers who get into the arts, preservation, sports, etc. will experience this unique culture and will love being a part of it.”

Billy Pennington
Teacher/Gaffney High School
Assistant Director
Cherokee County Museum

Movies and the Arts:

Our 56,000 SF entertainment mega-plex, with 8 movie theaters, bowling alley, sports bar, and more, is next
to Prime Outlets Mall across from Outback Steak House.

The Capri Theater was opened in downtown Gaffney in 1936 and has operated continuously since – its original name was “The Cherokee Theater,” and the building is a former livery stable and then housed a bakery!  Clyde Hudson, owner below with wife Mary, was transferred to the Upstate in 1969 and bought the Capri in 1976.  On Main Street, the Capri will bookend the opposite side of downtown from the Brown Furniture building, which will be a multi-purpose community theater.

Dozens of movies are within 20 miles of Cherokee County in Spartanburg or Gastonia, NC,
on the way to Charlotte on I-85

Gaffney residents are in the unique position of living between what may be the top performing arts theaters in the southeast – both easily accessible and well under an hour!!

The Blumenthal, and its annexed theaters, is
North Carolina’s  premier performing arts center

Click Here for Sample of Blumenthal Events

The Peace Center in Greenville, is about
the same distance from us, south on I-85

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To add to our robust entertainment calendar, Limestone College, in conjunction with our Arts Council, produces 6 shows a year.  Its Fullerton Auditorium seats 975 and also is home to many of the most popular Peach Festival programs and is used for a variety of events from beauty pageants to recitals and concerts.

Sightseeing and History:

Sponsoring 8 different annual events commemorating antebellum and southern colonial history in South Carolina, Historic Brattonsville, also site for the filming of Mel Gibson’s The Patriot, is both a step back in time as well as a wonderful place to picnic, horseback ride, or just spend the day.  To actually walk through a home built in the 1770s is incredible – it’s also nice to see so many teenage student volunteers who enjoy being a part of history.

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Elizabeth, a high school junior who really likes History and wants to make it her career one day, explains how the different dyes were made during colonial times:  “Red” is made from cochineal (which are insects!), “Purple” is alkanet (plant) and “Blue” is indigo (a leaf). 

Riding horseback in Brattonsville; pictured at the desk is Sheila Banker

2 Page PDF Brochure
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Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS) is building a museum in Gaffney – the former Central Elementary School and its 3 acre campus was acquired by CHAPS, and a 4-phase “Museum Capital Campaign” is underway.  $1.5 million Phase 1 has been initiated and exhibition spaces have been established along with a video presentation room.

Downtown Gaffney will soon have its own multi-purpose theater and playhouse, and this museum, which pays tribute to our heritage and the arts.  The new City Hall building and the Michael Gaffney cabin, both on Main Street, started the renaissance of Gaffney’s downtown and historic area, adjacent to historic Limestone College – a phenomenal contrast to how Cherokee County is modernizing.

Museum Assistant Director of the museum Billy Pennington, with a 21 panel mural from a Tennessee artist inspired by the Battle of Cowpens

Sometimes “the journey” can be just as enjoyable as the destination – to raise funding for the museum CHAPS sponsors a classic car show, a wine & cheese historic home tour, a hay ride and ghost walk in the historic district, quilt shows, events in conjunction with the National Parks, and pottery sales.

CHAPS Brochure
2 Page PDF
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  • Cherokee is the only County in South Carolina with 2 National Parks – ours, Cowpens and Kings Mountain, pay tribute to colonialist victories in October, 1780 and then January, 1781, both which helped to turn the tide of the Revolution.  Both are featured in Kids & Family in this section of our presentation.

  • The Cherokee County Alliance for Visual Arts (CAVA) is a local organization of more than 70 artists, from PhDs to artists with no formal training, focused on bringing art and national exhibits to Gaffney – City Hall hosts receptions and displays national artwork that CAVA brings into the community.

Golf and Spectator Sports:

With an initiation fee of just $1,000, monthly dues of $75, greens fees of $20, and a lesson for a bit more, the pricing at Cherokee National is hard to believe.  Facilities include a ballroom and community pool.  It may be just your thing to hone your swing after work on the new practice facility, which is being built – a small bucket of balls is just a buck!  Junior programs available!

Cherokee National Scorecard
2 Page PDF
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Super Kayaking!

10 minutes west of the Charlotte International Airport, and under an hour from Cherokee County, is the 300-acre US National Whitewater Center, a $32 million monster-sized, Olympic-level canoe, kayak, and rafting complex, will become the “Holy Grail” for whitewater enthusiasts in the United States.

Beyond O-level Class III and IV rapids (this is a man made beast!), there will be plenty for amateurs in search for fun, beginner paths, and trails for hiking and biking as well.  A conference center, full-scale restaurant, and rafting trips will be available for as low as $15.

Pro Sports and NASCAR

Charlotte has NFL (The Panthers) and NBA (The Bobcats) franchises, with their stadium and arena located
an easy-access drive down I-77 from Charlotte.

Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Concord NC (outside Charlotte)

Lowe’s Motor Speedway hosts 2 major NASCAR races as well as a Summer Shootout, smaller races, dirt track, and car & truck shows, and conventions.

Coca Cola 600: May 29
Bank of America 500: October 14


Limestone College has 18 Division II Men’s and Women’s teams, which are heavily supported by the Gaffney Community.  Clemson University in under 90 minutes hosts Atlantic Coast Conference rivals, and the University of South Carolina in Columbia, under 2 hours from us, is a member of the powerful Southeastern Conference.

Thompson Park in downtown Gaffney

More near Cherokee County:

Recognized Top Tier Hiking Trails
Additional Whitewater paddling spots
Ski Resorts
Golf Courses
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