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Chesnee, South Carolina
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Location of Chesnee, South Carolina
Location of Chesnee, South Carolina
Country United States
State South Carolina
Counties Spartanburg, Cherokee
 • Total 1.14 sq mi (2.94 km2)
 • Land 1.14 sq mi (2.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
892 ft (272 m)
 • Total 868
 • Estimate 
 • Density 843.17/sq mi (325.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 864
FIPS code 45-14050
GNIS feature ID 1221550
Zeno Hicks House
The Zeno Hicks House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Chesnee is a city in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties, in the U.S. state of South Carolina. The population was 868 as of the 2010 census.


In the early 20th century, the Chesnee Land Company bought a sizeable acreage at what is now Chesnee. A leading member of the company was John B. Cleveland of Spartanburg. Cleveland named the company - and later the town - after his great-grandmother, Margaret Chesnee, who was born in Scotland. She married Alexander Vernon, also born in Scotland. The Clinchfield Railroad ran an excursion train over the newly laid rails to Spartanburg on October 23, 1909.

The Chesnee post office was established in 1910, and the town was chartered in 1911. Early businesses included a hotel, pharmacy, cotton mill, and lumber mill.

The Cowpens National Battlefield and Zeno Hicks House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Chesnee is located near the northeast corner of Spartanburg County, and a small part of the city extends east into Cherokee County. U.S. Route 221 passes through the city as Alabama Avenue and Hampton Street, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and south 16 miles (26 km) to Spartanburg. South Carolina Highway 11 (Cherokee Street) crosses US 221 in the center of town and leads west 19 miles (31 km) to Campobello and east past Cowpens National Battlefield 14 miles (23 km) to Gaffney.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesnee has a total area of 1.14 square miles (2.94 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 600
1930 764 27.3%
1940 827 8.2%
1950 1,051 27.1%
1960 1,045 −0.6%
1970 1,069 2.3%
1980 1,069 0.0%
1990 1,280 19.7%
2000 1,003 −21.6%
2010 868 −13.5%
2019 (est.) 957 10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Chesnee racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 549 66.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 191 23.04%
Native American 1 0.12%
Asian 4 0.48%
Other/Mixed 37 4.46%
Hispanic or Latino 47 5.67%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 829 people, 324 households, and 159 families residing in the city.

Local attractions

  • Carolina Foothills Artisan Center
  • Carolina Foothills Resort
  • Cowpens National Battlefield
  • HomeSpun Bluegrass, a twice-monthly live acoustic music show
  • Strawberry Hill USA, a family farm offering tours and fresh produce
  • Zeno Hicks House


Public education is administered by Spartanburg County School District 2. Three schools are located in Chesnee, including Chesnee High School.

Chesnee has a lending library, a branch of the Spartanburg County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Woody Abernathy, repaired broadloom in Chesnee for 30 years after retiring from pitching with the New York Giants
  • Sonja Glenn, 1998 Miss South Carolina USA
  • Stephen Twitty, decorated U.S. Army major general

See also

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