Last updated: 5/8/2021
Gaffney, South Carolina
Street Address
301 College Drive
Gaffney, SC 29340
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 8113
Gaffney, SC 29340
Wednesday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday2 PM - 5 PM
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$3 children under 12
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The Cherokee Historical and Preservation Society (CHAPS), Inc. was formed in 1969 by a group of citizens concerned about the rapid loss of Cherokee County's historical heritage to development and progress. The group now consists of nearly two-hundred members and has taken great strides to educate the public about the significance of and protect the county's numerous historical sites. The Society is pleased to announce the opening of the County's first History and Arts Museum at 301 College Drive in Gaffney, South Carolina. An artifact-based, interactive facility that adds a new dimension to the area's already rich culture.

In 1999 CHAPS members voted to purchase the historic Central Elementary School building and property. Through the support of members, local residents, area businesses, and local and state governments, a Grand Opening Gala of the Cherokee County History & Arts Museum was held on May 17, 2008. Since then, CHAPS has continued the renovation and expansion of the facility and is currently fundraising for interactive children’s STEM rooms, sports hall of fame, archives, research areas, and additional exhibit and rentable spaces. With thousands of visitors each year, the Museum has come to be a top destination for the community.


Our mission is to collect, preserve, present, and interpret regional history and the arts for the education, enrichment, and enjoyment of present and future generations of all ages and to enrich community life through educational and cultural outreach programs.


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