known as White Pines, Cherryville was settled in 1792 by German, Dutch
and Scotch-Irish pioneers. The original grants of land were made by
Governor Samuel Ashe. During the 1700's , Old Post Road served as a
main thorough-fare between Charlotte,
NC and Spartanburg, SC as well as a highway connection between
Washington, DC and important locations in the South. The town served as
a water and coal stop on the Carolina Central (later Seaboard Coastal)
Railroad line during the 1860s. Along the railroad, a local resident
named Black planted cherry trees, and the train engineers soon called
the settlement “Cherryville”, a name under which the town was
incorporated in 1881. Agriculture was Cherryville’s main economic
base for many years; however, during the 1800's the town established
itself in the textile industry, following the mill village concept that
still exists to some extent. One custom shared by established residents
and new is the greeting of each New
Year with a chant and the shooting of muskets.
Cherryville has its own water system served by a treatment plant and reservoir on Indian Creek. A loop line transports water into the city’s above-ground storage tanks. Cherryville has a new wastewater treatment facility. The City and Gaston County each have a policy of extension of water and sewer lines to industry.
Transmission and distribution lines are adequate to provide power to industry throughout the Cherryville area. Duke Power Company, Rutherford Electric Membership Corp.
Public Service Co. of NC (via Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co.) also has a utility extension policy. Four additional local distributors offer petroleum products.
Local telephone service is provided by Bell South
Highways: NC 150, 279, and 274 connect Cherryville to all points North South East and West.
NC 150 is currently undergoing a widening project which will eventually be four lanes between Cherryville and Lincolnton, NC.
Air: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is located 35 miles from Cherryville, with easy access to I-85. This makes travel to and from this major international airport somewhat easier than most locations east and south of Charlotte.
The CSX Railroad Company provides rail service through Cherryville.
The nearest Bus Terminal is located in Shelby, NC which is 12 miles from Cherryville.
Newspaper: Cherryville has one weekly newspaper which has been established since the turn of the Century. The Eagle as it is known is published every Wednesday.
Daily newspapers: The Shelby Daily Star (evening paper)
The Gaston Gazette (morning paper)
The Charlotte Observer (morning paper)
25 additional Radio Stations have signals that penetrate the Cherryville Market.
12 Television Station signals can be received with normal antenna strength.
The Cherryville Schools are part of the Gaston County Consolidated School System including Cherryville Junior-Senior High School, Cherryville Elementary for grades K-5, and John Chavis Middle School for 6th 7th & 8th grades. Pre-kindergartens for ages 3 and 4 year olds are available at several area churches. Special programs are available for execeptional, handicapped and learning disabled students.
Gaston College and Cleveland Tech are 15 minutes away. Gaston is a two-year institution offering a complete program of academic, technical and vocational education. Complementing the regular programs, Gaston has developed special comprehensive training programs designed to train workers for industry. Also within the County are Belmont Abbey and The North Carolina Vocational Textile School. Within the region are Garnder-Webb, Queens, Davidson, and Lenoir-Rhyne Colleges as well as the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Central Piedmont, King Business and Catawba Valley Tech are also available. The Industrial Extension Service of the University system accommodates industry in offering employee educational schooling. The Business Assistance Division of the State Department of Commerce Head Start Center, independet kindergartens and day care centers are available.
Government & Agencies
City of Cherryville: A mayor is elected by popular vote for a two-year term. One councilman from each of four wards is elected for four years, with staggered terms. The council appoints a full-time city manager to serve as executive officer of the city.
Health & Medical
Although Cherryville has no institution providing hospital care within its corporate limits, five hospitals are within short distances-all offering a full range of outpatient services.
The Gaston-Lincoln Area Mental Health Center is regarded as outstanding in the state. The Gaston County Health Department offers complete health services, operating in Cherryville one day a week. Health care counseling is also available from the Agricultural Extension Services.
Cherryville has two nursing homes. For emergencies, the Cherryville Rescue Squad boasts qualified staff and equipment. Cherryville has five general practitioners and two dentists serving the community.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Select your game and it will be found either in Cherryville or close proximity. Minor league, Little League and Senior Little League baseball are popular during the summer along with adult softball leagues.
Mini-parks have tennis courts, basketball goals, concrete skating area, playgrounds and equipment. Larger parks include picnic shelters and ballfields. There is one public swimming pool and two private pools. The county YMCA offers a variety of programs.
The Cherryville Country Club has a nine-hole golf course. Nearby are some of the best courses in the South.
Lake Norman, a 30-minute drive, offers camping, swimming, sailing, boating, skiing, fishing, golfing, of just relaxing. Within 10 minutes are similar opportunities at Moss Lake. Lake Wylie is to the southeast, nested along the Catawba River.
Sports enthusiast enjoy professional baseball by the Charlotte Knights or the Hickory Crawdads, both just little more than 30 minutes away, while the Coliseum, Memorial Stadium and Ericsson Stadium offer varied sports attractions, including the NBA Charlotte Hornets, and the NFL Carolina Panthers. Stock car racing is in Charlotte, and Rockingham; College teams find ardent fans among the people of Cherryville. Carowinds, a major entertainment attraction, is an hour away.
Productions by the Cherryville Little Theatre are staged quarterly, and concerts are enjoyed locally. Charlotte’s Oven Auditorium is a short drive away. The C. Grier Beam Truck Museum and the Cherryville Historic Society have been established to preserve the history of this community, and is opened to the public each week during specified days. Within the county is the Schiele Museum and Planetarium and the County Arts and History Museum. We are served by the Gaston Arts Council.Residents participate in the annual Starving Artist Festival and the Cherry Blossom Festival in May.The Cherryville Library, a part of the Gaston-Lincoln Area System, offers over 400,000 volumes, records and filmstrips.
Perhaps the most popular of the social and civic organizations are the New Year’s Shooters, who are preserving the heritage and nostalgia of the custom of beginning each year with a chant and the shooting of muskets.
The Cherryville Chamber of Commerce
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