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Chesnee, South Carolina


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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