The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 36 gaffney Gafney by the gaffney visitors center historic, colorful, a giant peachoid Ever since 1804, when an Irish immigrant named Michael Gafney decided to locate his inn and trading post at the crossroads of an Indian trail and a trade route, newcomers have been welcome here. The community that grew up around that early 19th Century establishment eventually became the city of Gafney with a population of under 13,000. The prime location still has benefts. About midway between Greenville, SC and Charlotte, NC, Gafney is situated at the intersection of Interstate 85 and Highway 11, which is the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway. At that juncture, the city's most recognizable landmark can be seen. When the Gafney Board of Public Works confronted a need for a water tower to provide better fre protection and water pressure for parts of the community, a decision was made to hoist one million gallons of water 135 feet into the air and store it in a tank shaped like a giant peach. The resulting Gafney Peachoid is an icon that pays homage to one of Gafney's most important agricultural products. Gafney has hosted the annual South Carolina Peach Festival each July since 1977. Crops and commerce continue to fourish here. Locally grown produce is available at the Gafney Station Farmers Market, where seniors discount day is the frst Tuesday of each month. Gafney stores ofer a full range of shopping options including thrift and consignment shops, auctions, and retail outlets. Pieces from the Past Antiques and the Frederick Street Antiques Mall and Market Place are in the historic commercial district along with Hartzog's Gifts and Fine Jewelers. New and used household appliances are also available in the downtown area, and Economy Furniture and Appliances Co. ofers great deals on new American- made home furniture and mattresses. Gafney Premium Outlets includes 75 stores where shoppers can fnd impressive savings on name brand merchandise. At the many outlet stores participating in the 50 Plus Shopper Perks program, shoppers over age 50 save 10% of their entire purchase every Tuesday. Locally-owned restaurants ofer something for every taste. Daddy Joe's Beach House BBQ is included on the ofcial South Carolina BBQ Trail map. Located in the historic commercial district since 1932, Harold's Restaurant is famous for chili burgers as featured on the Food Network program, Diners, Dive-Ins and Dives. Greek and Italian style dishes are served at Pete's, the House of Pizza and the Aegean Pizza. Bronco Mexican Restaurant is one of the local favorites. Anyone who craves a sweet treat will fnd their bliss at Sunny's Donuts and Brett's Bakery and Cafe. Choices in entertainment abound. The Capri on Main is a venue for live music, comic acts, and independent flm premiers. Both the Gafney Little Theater and the Limestone College Theatre Department present several plays throughout the year. Concerts and recitals at Limestone College's Fullerton Auditorium are open to the public. The Cherokee County Public Library hosts "Music-Sandwiched-In," a lunch-hour series of live performances by various musical artists. In addition to its permanent collections of artifacts and various traveling exhibits, the Cherokee County History and Arts Museum is a center for seminars, dance parties, card parties, wine-tastings, pottery shows, and annual "Ghost Walks" during which guests are introduced to the gentle spirits of Gafney past. The Big E, conveniently located near the Premium Outlets, ofers movie theaters, bowling alleys, an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, a ropes course, and mini golf. Each month, the City of Gafney presents downtown events including Black History celebrations, Irish Fests, beach music concerts, Flag Day concerts, pet parades, Christmas parades. Sports are a major source of entertainment for locals. Winning Gafney High School and Limestone College teams have earned Gafney the nickname "City of Champions." This year the college's frst ever football team is generating great excitement. >>

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