Historic Markers Across South Carolina

James Milton Cherry House

Marker ID: SCHM 46-47
Location: 200 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, SC
County: York
Coordinates: N 34° 55.89    W 081° 1.488
  34.9315    -81.0248
Style: Free Standing **


The home of James Milton Cherry (1856-1920) stood here until 1974. Cherry was a businessman, public servant, agriculturalist, and real estate developer in Rock Hill for 50 years. He helped found the Young Men´s Loan & Trust Co., one of the first banks here and later the Savings Bank of Rock Hill. Cherry was also a founder of the Rock Hill Light & Power Co., the Land & Town Site Co., and the Rock Hill Telephone Co.

Cherry was intendant, or mayor, of Rock Hill 1890-91 and later a longtime city councilman. A partner in the Rock Hill Buggy Co., he founded the Carolina Traction Co. to power an electric street railway. He was known as “The Alfalfa King” for advocating hay as a cash crop and a national spokesman for diversifying crops. Cherry Road, named for him, was paved in 1920 and was one of the first concrete roads in S.C.

Erected by the City of Rock Hill and the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, 2008