Cherokee Foothills

Cherokee Foothills (HMCQY)

Location: Campobello, SC 29322 Spartanburg County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 6.985', W 82° 12.957'

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National Scenic Byway

This location (Greenville/Spartanburg County Line) marks the eastern boundary between the Cherokee Nation and the Province of South Carolina from the end of the Cherokee War (1761) until 1777. The local community, Gowensville, is named for John "Buck" Gowen, a Revolutionary War soldier for whom the nearby Gowen's Fort was named. A skirmish at the fort on July 13, 1780, was the first in a series of eight confrontations leading to the tide-turning battle of the Cowpens in in January, 1781.

Foothills and mountainous regions from this location to the west for generations have been referred to as the "Dark Corner." In the early 19th Century, the name was used because of the strong Unionist leanings of the residents of this area during South Carolina's Nullification Crisis, then in the late 19th Century the connotation of the name changed because of the "white lightning" whiskey making in the area and its associated lawlessness.

Nearby historic sites are First Baptist Church (1820) and Earlesdale (1871), sites for Gowensville Seminary (1858-90), Gowensville School (1922), and Campbell's Covered Bridge (1909), the sole-surviving original covered bridge in South Carolina. For other scenic and historic points of interest, refer to the Byway map below.
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 9:31am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 389197 N 3886629
Decimal Degrees35.11641667, -82.21595000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 6.985', W 82° 12.957'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 6' 59.10" N, 82° 12' 57.42" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11468-11598 State Rd S-42-52, Campobello SC 29322, US
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