South Carolina Spartanburg County Chesnee
Chesnee is located in the northeast corner of Spartanburg County
. In the early 1900s, this was an isolated and sparsley populated corner of the state. But around this time the Carolina Clinchfield and Ohio Railroad Company announced it would bring a railroad line through the area. With this news, businessman John Cleveland formed a land company and began to buy surrounding land. He named the new community for his great-grandmother, whose maiden name was Chesnee.
In 1909, civil engineer Walter Willis took a leave of absence from his job with the CC&O to formally lay out the town. The noted engineer, who also laid out the City of Spartanburg
, was assisted in the Chesnee project by his wife, Zula, who helped run surveys for her husband.
Chesnee was chartered in 1911. Early businesses included a cotton mill, a lumber mill, a hotel and a pharmacy.
Spartanburg is the largest city near Chesnee. Here is a map to the Spartanburg area
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