The idea of a stay-cation took flight several years ago as the economy stalled and people either wanted to save money or didn’t have money to spend on a vacation. Back-road day trips are another way to get out of town, yet save some money by staying closer to home. Fortunately there are many great places to visit within a short drive of the Sandhills of North Carolina. Cheraw, SC is located in Marlboro and Chesterfield Counties. Referred to as “The Prettiest Town in Dixie” this Southern gem offers all the Southern charm without the big crowds.
1) Take a self-guided tour of the historic downtown, including the town green, the Market Hall, the Inglis-McIver Law Office, and the Town Hall, which includes the courthouse, with its unique wrought iron stairs. Cheraw dates back to 1700s and is steeped in history. The historic district includes over 30 beautiful homes. Pick up keys to the Lyceum Museum and observe Cheraw historical artifacts in person.
2) Visit the Old St. David’s Church and church grounds on Church Street. Check out a key and be sure to tour the church interior. Built in 1770, the site is the last Anglican Church built in South Carolina under King George III. It was used by British and Patriots, Confederate and Union soldiers, and served as a hospital several times.
3) Check out the farmer’s market near Old St. David’s Church.
4) Jazz great Dizzy Gillespie was born in Cheraw. Take in his statue on the town green and walk in his steps to a park dedicated in his honor on the very spot of his childhood home. Cheraw also hosts the South Carolina Jazz Festival in October.
5) Stroll along the street and visit the boutiques and shops while taking in the town. You can find gifts and items for your home, great clothes and accessories, and a new look at the salon – all located in the historic downtown area!
6) Visit one of the parks in town. The Riverside Park has a boat landing, a path to walk, and benches for resting. There are fishing opportunities there as well. Just outside of town is the Cheraw State Park which offers wetlands, woodlands, and a golf course near the banks of Lake Juniper.
7) Eat! I recommend grabbing a bite at the River’s Edge. They have fantastic food, a fresh salad bar, and off the chain desserts! For more information take a look at my post about the restaurant here.