Casting a watchful eye over Gaffney from a field along the highway is a peculiar sight: a massive steel water tower shaped and painted to resemble a peach. Known as the Peachoid, it was built to commemorate Gaffney's status as the peach capital of South Carolina, reputedly producing more peaches than the entire state of Georgia. Peaches have an important place in the city's history as well, because they have been a driving force of the economy for over 100 years. On your drive into Gaffney, you will smile knowing you are almost arriving when you spot the giant peach several miles down the road.
Despite its size, Gaffney has no shortage of fabulous places to eat. And what would a great Southern town be without stellar barbecue? You can satisfy your cravings for tender, zesty smoked meat at Daddy Joe's Barbecue Grill. Here, you will find all the traditional down-home favorites, like chicken, pulled pork, kielbasa, and ribs, all of which are smoked out back overnight so that they fall apart in your mouth. There are also some smoked seafood delicacies to sample, and each dish is rounded out with barbecue classics like baked beans, coleslaw, and hushpuppies. Get here early, because the parking lot fills up quickly.
A Bash for the Battle
Each year, Gaffney memorializes an important part of its, and the country's, history. A field outside of the town was the site of a critical victory during the Revolutionary War, and, having since been named the Cowpens National Battlefield, it is recognized as an important landmark and host to the annual Battle of Cowpens festival. You can attend the celebration to learn more about the area's history, watch costumed "soldiers" reenact the battle, view a weapons demonstration, and join other festivalgoers for a twilight tour of the battlefield. There are also crafts and activities for children, teaching them about the significance of the area.