Cherokee County History & Arts Museum

This museum has exhibits on all things relating to Cherokee County history - such as Native Americans, colonial life, art, textiles, public service, industry, and much more. The Land of Revolutions exhibit displays exhibits on the changes in South Carolina during colonization and the Revolutionary War, and features tools, information on geology, and the story of Fort Thicketty. The Road to Prosperity exhibit teaches groups about the railroads, industrialization, agriculture, and much more. Other permanent exhibit halls are dedicated to military and political service, and people, places, and things from Cherokee County. A scavenger hunt is also available.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 301 College Drive, Gaffney, SC 29340. Cherokee County. Tel: 864-489-3988. Email: chaps@cherokeecountyhistory.org. Website: www.cherokeecountyhistory.org. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 10AM-4PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.