•The Prettiest Town in Dixie•
Cheraw is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen. It is no wonder why it is nicknamed “Prettiest Town in Dixie.” From the Chicola Club building to the Lyceum, Cheraw is full of fascinating places to explore.
Cheraw isn’t just pretty though, it is also really really old. In fact, Cheraw is so old that it was one of the only six places even listed on a map of South Carolina in 1750. While many towns were destroyed during Sherman’s March, Cheraw was miraculously left almost unscathed. It wasn’t chance either. The Union was actually all over Cheraw and even had more troops in Cheraw than any other South Carolina city.
Heck, The Union found the place so pretty they just couldn’t bring themselves to destroy it. They are even quoted as having said they found the town quite pleasant and aristocratic. Not exactly the sort of thing I would have imagined, that is for sure. I guess some things are just too beautiful to destroy.
•Market Street & The Town Green•
I spent a lot of time on Market Street and on the Town Green. The tiny classical looking building is The Lyceum and was actually used as a chancery court. Over the years it served many other purposes though. I think it was a library at one point and a telegraph office at another. Both Confederate and Union soldiers used it as a headquarters. Today it is a museum and reportedly full of all kinds of interesting Native American and Confederate relics. I couldn’t find any information about when it is open though and it looks like you have to get special permission to go inside.
Cheraw really is full of all sorts of fascinating places though. I was really impressed by the Town Green. It was really beautiful even though I wasn’t sure how I felt about the strange statue. See, it always bothers me when a place adds modern art to a classic looking place. It just stands out and that is exactly how I felt about the statue of John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie. At least that is how I felt until I saw this video of him. I would have never imagined that a human’s cheeks were capable of such a grotesque expression. Never in a million years. He really could play the trumpet. I have to give him that.
Sadly I really haven’t even shown you half of the interesting places you can expect to see in Cheraw. So let me just give you some advice. Just get on Market street and have the camera ready. You won’t regret it.
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