The city of Chesnee was founded by a large acerage bought by John B. Cleveland of Spartanburg in the early 1910s and named for his great grandmother Margaret Chesnee who emigrated from Scotland. Once home to an airport and a dirt-racing track Chesnee has now settled into a diversified economy and a residential suburb for many who work in Spartanburg. Peach farms such as the large J.C. Cooley farm (also known as Strawberry Hill USA) are popular for visitors and help establish Chesnee in the local food scene.
Chesnee is also near the Cowpens National Battlefield, the site where Daniel Morgan turned the flanks of the British Army during the Revolutionary War. The downtown area of Chesnee offers many unique shops and venues such as Antique Bikes on Main, Homespun Bluegrass, and Hometown Music Studios.
Many smaller towns such as Campobello and Inman bus their children to Chesnee Middle and High Schools. The town also offers the Carolina Foothills Artisan Center, a gallery space for local artists and craftsmen. If you like a traditional small-town America atmosphere and love having a view of the mountains in the distance Chesnee might be for you.
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