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Chesterfield County, South Carolina


"The Prettiest Town in Dixie"

Page Contents for Cheraw, South Carolina

Statistics & Facts


Weather & Climate

History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The South Carolina state capital is Columbia.
The population of Cheraw is approximately 6,000 (2000), 5851 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,309 (1990), 2335 (2010).
The amount of land area in Cheraw is 10.932 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.068 sq kilometers.
The distance from Cheraw to Washington DC is 335 miles.
The distance to the South Carolina state capital is 74 miles. (as the crow flies)
Cheraw is positioned 34.69 degrees north of the equator and 79.89 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Cheraw average annual precipitation is 43.2 inches peryear.
Cheraw average temperature is 60.0 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 49.4 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 70.5 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 40.5 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 78.5 degrees F.


in northeast South Carolina near the North Carolina border. Nearby communities include: Hamlett, Hartsville, Bennettsville, Chesterfield, Society Hill and Darlington. Cheraw is 85 miles to Columbia.

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mild with moderate humidity. The weather is enjoyable and pleasant year-round.
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History & History Related Items

Here is a History page for Cheraw.

The earliest settlements in the area were those of the Cheraw and Pee Dee Indians. Though once thriving cultures, they gradually died out from disease or were absorbed into other tribes in neighboring areas. Two of the first settlers of European descent to come were James Gillespie and Thomas Ellerbe who came about 1740. They began a trading center and water mill at the Cheraw Hills. Joseph and Eli Kershaw came in 1750 and formally laid out the town after being granted some of what is now the town of Cheraw. They named the town Chatham after the Earl of Chatham, Williams Pitt, but the name never gained complete acceptance with most residents choosing the long-standing name of Cheraw or Cheraw Hill. The name of Cheraw was made official in 1820 when the town was incorporated.
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Call the Cheraw Visitors Bureau at 843 537-8425 for visitor and relocation information

Lyceum Museum on the Town Green
Open Mon.-Sat., 12pm-5pm
In the Heart of Cheraw
You may pick up a key at the Chamber office
221 Market Street
There is a section of the museum devoted to Dizzy Gillespie. The town is in the process of funding a memorial which includes a statue and a park on his home site. Contributions are welcomed.

Cheraw State Park has boats and kayaks available for rental by the day or hour. Comfortable cabins, camping area with hookups for the RV traveler, tent sites, groups camps, and hiking trails. Day use facilities include an 18 hole championship golf course, playground equipment at the lakeshore, picnic areas, and scenic walking paths.

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Cheraw City Government

Town of Cheraw
P.O. Box 219
Cheraw, SC 29520
Phone: 843-537-8400

Cheraw has a Mayor/Council form of government. There are six council members who are elected to four year terms.

Cheraw Chamber

Cheraw Chamber of Commerce
221 Market Street
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520
Phone: 843-537-7681

Cheraw Organizations

Cheraw Chamber of Commerce
221 Market Street
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520
Phone: 843-537-7681

Cheraw Libraries

Matheson Library
227 Huger St.
Mon. Wed, & Fri. 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Phone: 843-537-3571
Please call ahead to be certain of hours.

Cheraw Schools

Chesterfield County School
District Administrative Offices
401 West Boulevard
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: 843-623-2175
Fax: 843-623-3434


Northeastern Technical College
1201 Chesterfield Highway
Cheraw, SC
Phone: 843-921-7399
Toll-free: 800-921-7399 Cheraw


The area code for Cheraw is now 843

The population of Cheraw was:
1980 - 5,654
1990 - 5,555
1997 - 5,734
2000 - 6,000

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