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Spend your gap year exploring small-town USA with big adventure

Gaffney, located near two international airports, gives the comfortable feel of a small city with the ease of big-city access. Get into Gaffney and explore a city where the past is honoured, the present is engaging and the future is inviting.

Michael Gaffney was born in Granard, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1797. After a short period in New York, he set sail for Charleston, South Carolina. He departed Charleston for the upstate and arrived at Smith's Ford on the Broad River in 1800. Gaffney purchased 805 acres of land where he constructed his home, store and trading post at the corner of an Indian trail and old wagon road. This intersection became known as Gaffney's Crossroads. The Michael Gaffney Log Home has become one of the most treasured buildings in the heart of the historic downtown. The cabin is open daily for visitors to view early 19th-century items that are on display.

The Michael Gaffney Log Home

The City of Gaffney, which is the county seat of Cherokee County, is located between two national battlefields and is on the final portion of the 330-mile Overmountain Men route to Kings Mountain. Limestone Street (Gaffney’s main street) is a portion of the commemorative route of the Overmountain Men. The designation of this local history makes this the only county in the US with three national parks; Cowpens National Battlefield, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.

The parks offer year-round activities for all ages. Kings Mountain National Military Park offers activities such as camping, hiking, and picnicking. Altogether, the park offers over 16 miles of hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. The park has a 1.5-mile self-guided Battlefield Trail, which includes three monuments and a memorial marking British Colonel Patrick Ferguson’s grave.

Cowpens National Battlefield includes both paved and unpaved walking trails, picnic areas, a visitor’s centre, an 1800s log cabin, hands-on exhibits for children and a museum with authentic Revolutionary War weapons. The three-mile-long trail provides short trail access to the battlefield and another short trail leading to the Robert Scruggs house. The 1.25 mile self-guided tour travels along the battlefield.

Enjoy demonstrations at the national parks

Gaffney’s Historic Commercial District embraces locally-owned venues of antiques, jewellery, restaurants and more. For the old-at-heart, pieces from the Past Antiques and Broad River Shoppes are a collector’s dream. Visit Hartzog’s and Scott & James Co. for more modern gift selections. When lunchtime hits, visit Harold’s (featured on the Food Network), PYTs Legendary Bar & Grill or Boston Annie’s to satisfy those taste buds. Shopping does not stop in downtown Gaffney. Located on I-85 at Exit 90, Gaffney Outlet Marketplace is a must-stop. It is one of the Upstate's main shopping destinations. Among the 75 stores at Gaffney Outlet Marketplace, you'll find Pottery Barn, Michael Kors Outlets, Kate Spade New York, H&M and many more.

Downtown Gaffney has antiques, restaurants, boutiques and more

Shop ‘til you drop at Gaffney Outlet Marketplace

Gaffney’s newest attraction is bringing in visitors from all over the world. If you happen to be a diehard fan of the Netflix series House of Cards, Gaffney is the place to visit. Gaffney, South Carolina, USA is portrayed as the hometown of Francis J. Underwood, the 46th president. There are many great photo opportunities that you will not want to miss, like a selfie in front of the famous Peachoid water tower or at a replica 'Welcome to Gaffney' sign. Best of all, you are able to capture a picture while paying your respects at the headstone for Francis Underwood, the fictional US president in the series.

Visit the headstone of Francis Underwood

Whether you’re getting into Gaffney for a day, a weekend or a lifetime there is always something exciting in store for you. For information about Gaffney, or assistance on planning your trip, contact the Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery at (864)487-6244 or events@getintogaffney.com or visit www.getintogaffney.com.


Gaffney Visitors Center & Art Gallery
210 W. Frederick Street
Gaffney, SC 29341