House on the Hill at Cheraw State Park Reopens

A treasured historic meeting house in Cheraw that had been closed for almost three years is now open and available for weddings, receptions, reunions and other gatherings. The House on the Hill at Cheraw State Park, a 1,000-square-foot facility built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939, has been restored by historic preservation standards and will begin accepting reservations on Tuesday, March 1. 

“Our core mission is to provide quality customer service to the people who visit parks, and to preserve and interpret the historic significance of the property,” said Duane Parrish, Director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, which oversees state parks. “The House on the Hill project was a priority and a labor of love for the Cheraw community.” 

Much of the original building remains after the $172,000 renovation, including the front windows and some interior walls. Modernization and other improvements to the building include enclosed bathrooms, new HVAC, energy-saving improvements and appliances, gas logs for the fireplace and a new veranda on the back of the facility. The community building will rent for $250 per day during normal park operating hours. 

Much like other structures built by the CCC, the House on the Hill was built using local material, including timber from nearby pine. 

The project was mostly funded by donations from private citizens of Cheraw, the town itself and from Duke Power Foundation. 

“The Town of Cheraw is proud to have partnered with SCPRT in the renovation of The House on the Hill at Cheraw State Park,” said Andy Ingram, mayor of the town of Cheraw. “Generations of families will be able to continue enjoying the use of this mighty fine facility.”