James Milton Cherry (1856-1920) was indeed one of Rock Hill’s most influential business leaders in the late 19th and 20th centuries. He was involved in nearly every aspect of Rock Hill’s prosperity following the Civil War, as the city grew from a small hamlet to a impressive industrial and banking center in South Carolina’s Upcountry. In 2014, he is best known for having given his name to Cherry Road, a section which he owned significant acreage along and helped develop from a rural farm area into a housing and commercial power. As a principle in the Rock Hill Land and Town Site Company, he was also instrumental in opening what is today the Oakland section of Rock Hill, where he and others moved at an early period to stimulate growth along the Avenue leading from downtown Rock Hill to Winthrop.
“When we moved to what was then Hollis Post Office, from Rock Hill, my father bought me a small horse named Daisy and a pony buggy from Mr. Cherry in Rock Hill. Mr. Cherry had used the horse and buggy to ride around his farm which was located on one side of Nation’s Ford Road from Winthrop College. He bought him a car, so he did not need the horse and buggy anymore.” THE ROAD TO RICHBURG (Information courtesy of and from: CDGHS Magazine) by Arthur S. Lynn – October 19, 1986
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