143 Corona Dr.
Gaffney, SC 29341
Phone: (864) 487-4200
Fax: (864) 487-4637
Driving along the Interstate 85 on the outskirts of Gaffney, you'll notice a ridiculously huge peach standing out of the greenery. The gigantic structure standing at 135 feet (41 meters) is actually a steel and concrete water tower commissioned in 1981 by the local public works bureau. The peach shape was intended to send a clear message to the neighboring state of Georgia that they were the leading producers of the fruit. Significant efforts were taken to make the structure resemble a realistic peach, and it has become a popular highway attraction since.
Gaffney is a quaint town in South Carolina that is part of the greater Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson area. This small town is nicknamed the Peach Capital of South Carolina and when their annual Peach Festival rolls around, you'll understand why. With a four-story water tower painted in the likeness of a ripe peach, affectionately dubbed Peachoid, Gaffney is a town with a big heart - which is probably in the shape of a giant peach.
Many historians consider the Battle of Cowpens as one of the decisive encounters that began the downfall of the British in the South during the American Revolution. On a cold January day in 1781, brigadier general Daniel Morgan led his troops against the crown's Banastre Tarleton. The ensuing battle cost the British more than 100 lives and the Continental Army lost 12 due to Morgan's use of a military tactic called the 'Double Envelopment'. The National Park Service established the battlefield site as a historic monument in 1929 and though it's location in Gaffney, SC is about an hour from downtown Greenville, it's worth the trip if you love the history of this Yankee Revolution.
This park is more famously known for the pivotal battle between American colonialists against the British Crown and its allies during the Fall of 1780. Thomas Jefferson considered the battle of Kings Mountain as one of the most significant because it impeded the British consolidation of the Carolinas. Today the park is on the National Register of Historic Places and its a nice getaway in the Great Outdoors. The visitors' center relates the history of the region as well as provides maps to those who wish to trek, fish or hike the backcountry.
This park is a great way to reflect on the revolutionary war that took place on October 7, 1980. Kings Mountain National Military Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, beautifully commemorates the Battle of Kings Mountain, which was a first major patriotic victory to have happened after the British invasion of Charleston in May 1780. No wonder Thomas Jefferson referred to it as a turning point event. The park offers an adventurous mix of camping, picnicking, hiking trails and a functional history farm. Admission is free and an average visit would probably take one to two hours.
The history of Converse College began over 100 years ago when new settlers from the North had a dream of providing their daughters with every educational opportunity regardless of their gender. Now this women's college ranks among the top small-size liberal arts colleges in the country due to its dedication to academic and personal growth. The school's commitment to the students shows in the incredible student to teacher ratio of 10:1. The campus is rural but alive with students participating in a number of programs and activities provided on campus from the arts to athletics.
Hot Spot Skate Park is first concrete park in the state of South Carolina. Opened on June 3, 2009, this skate park spans a total of 21,000 square feet (1950.963 square meters) of concrete featuring street skate structures as well as traditional style boarding ramps. These and other structures throughout make for some creative skate tricks. The facility is operated by Spartanburg's Park and Recreation department. Skate lessons are offered every Wednesday, and skaters must sign a liability waiver.
Built in 1851 with Gothic Revival style of architecture, the Episcopal Church of the Advent is one of the historic churches that continue to function till date. With a lot of struggle, it has strived to exist even today. The splendid exteriors and the soothing interiors of the building make it a beautiful place of worship. Regular services, including religious ceremonies are held at the church.
With over a century behind them, Wofford College has distinguished itself as a top Southern University attracting both local and international students. The liberal arts college campus rests on 170 acres (69 hectares) of land in Spartanburg and offers 26 major fields of study ranging from a number of diverse subjects. Wofford is a small institution that enrolls about 1500 students every academic year and offers a small but bustling college-town community with many activities, extra-curriculars, sports and arts programs to its students. Greek life is a big part of the Wofford College life with almost half of all the students participating in fraternities or sororities every year.
The Spartanburg County Public Library contains a huge selection of books and reference materials as well as programming activities that include storytimes for children.
There are 22 parks located throughout Spartanburg. The main one is Barnet Park, which sits on seven acres (three hectares) of green land and has a lovely walking path that extends for a full two miles (three kilometers). In the park is the Zimmerli Amphitheatre, which plays hosts to various concerts and shows throughout the year. The park is also dressed with an interactive water fountain, pavilion and art sculptures.
Spartanburg is a growing city located on the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This city is home to a diverse group of people and culture that has added much to the art scene and festivities in the city.