James Milton Cherry House

James Milton Cherry House (HMGHO)

Location: Rock Hill, SC 29730 York County
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N 34° 55.896', W 81° 1.488'

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The home of James Milton Cherry (1856-1920) stood here until 1974. Cherry was a businessman, public servant, agriculturalist, and real estate developer in Rock Hill for 50 years. He helped found the Young Men's Loan & Trust Co., one of the first banks here and later the Savings Bank of Rock Hill. Cherry was also a founder of the Rock Hill Light & Power Co., the Land & Town Site Co., and the Rock Hill Telephone Co.

Cherry was intendant, or mayor, of Rock Hill 1890-91 and later a longtime city councilman. A partner in the Rock Hill Buggy Co., he founded the Carolina Traction Co. to power an electric street railway. He was known as "The Alfalfa King" for advocating hay as a cash crop and a national spokesman for diversifying crops. Cherry Road, named for him, was paved in 1920 and was one of the first concrete roads in S.C.
Marker Number46-47
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCity of Rock Hill and Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 8:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 497735 N 3865458
Decimal Degrees34.93160000, -81.02480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 55.896', W 81° 1.488'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 55' 53.76" N, 81° 1' 29.28" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-523 N Wilson St, Rock Hill SC 29730, US
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