A free brochure with a self-guided tour of the historic district can be download here and is also available at the Cheraw Town Hall at 200 Market Street and the Cheraw Chamber of Commerce at 221 Market Street. Keys to Old St. David's Church and the Lyceum Museum may also be picked up at the Chamber if you would like to visit these sites without a guide. We also have available brochures on Cheraw's history, Cheraw's role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, as well as information on sites associated with Cheraw native Dizzy Gillespie and with the years when cotton was "king". We have available tour notes on SC 9 and US 1 in our area. Cheraw is part of the National Civil War Discovery Trail, The South Carolina Cotton Trail, and the Carolinas' Revolutionary War Trail.
Local historian Sarah Spruill offers tour guide services for $3/person, minimum of 10 people. The usual tour includes the historic district, Old St. David's Church, the Lyceum Museum, and the Town Green. This takes approximately one and a half hours, but can be adjusted to suit your schedule. Mrs. Spruill may be reached at 843-537-3387. Short walking tours are another possibility, and longer tours are also available that can include other public buildings. Drivers and the group leader are free. Arrangements can be made to tour one of Cheraw's private residences for an additional charge (subject to availability).
The Ingram River Artifacts Room on the Town Green is located in Miller Ingram's law office and is open during regular business hours. Free (843) 537-6565.
Local historian Felicia Flemming-McCall founder of the Southern African American Heritage Center, 125 Kershaw Street offers museum tours and tour guide services. Tours are available at the Southern African American Heritage Center, local African American historic sites around Cheraw and the Town Green. We also offer walking tours or step on bus tours. The Heritage Center has a gift shop for tourists to visit. Driver(s) and the group leader are admitted free. For more information on booking a tour and tours/admission pricing, you may visit the center’s website www.southernaaheritagecenter.org, call 843-921-9989 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are a certified heritage site with the Eastern SC Heritage Region, the Green Book of South Carolina, Cotton Trail and South Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
Many groups like to visit Cheraw's unique downtown shops. A listing of these shops is in the Visitor's Guide.
We have several great restaurants capable of handling large groups that visitors enjoy. Please let us know your needs, and we will be glad to advise you.
Cheraw State Park's staff can tailor a program to suit your interests on a variety of subjects. The park features hiking trails, boating, picnicking and play areas as well as golf and cabins. The Park is three miles south of Cheraw on US 52. Please contact them directly at (843) 537-9656.
The Cheraw Fish Hatchery gives free tours for groups. The hatchery is four miles southwest of Cheraw on US 1. Call (843) 537-7628. The site features 31 ponds and a picnicking area. Sugar Loaf Mountain, 17 miles south of Cheraw just off US 1 in Sand Hills State Forest, is great fun for children and adults. The staff can sometimes give short programs. (843) 498-6478. Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, 25 miles south on US 1 has free public programming and features a wildlife drive, bird watching and photography bind. Call (843) 335-8401. Visitors can watch syrup or milling operations at Blizzard Branch Milling and Syrup Co. Just off US 1 about 20 miles south of Cheraw (843) 335-6109. McLeod Farms has a store and car and farm museum in McBee.