Chester, South Carolina, is a Southern small town rooted in history. Started originally as Chesterville in the late 1700s, Chester has a historic district with more than 140 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including 120 Academy Street.
The focal point of the historic district is The Hill, a triangular-shaped plaza at the center of the city, around which the original settlement grew, and which now includes City Hall and a well-preserved collection of late 19th- and early 20th century commercial buildings.
The downtown has had a tremendous revitalization in the past few years, with a number of improvement projects such as a city-sponsored streetscape project that cost more than $1 million.
Utility lines were buried, street and sidewalks were paved, decorative streetlights were added, the traffic pattern was rerouted, and a new park area was completed. This park area is called Monument Square and features a war monument, a Civil War cannon, the Aaron Burr Rock and a 19th century cistern.
Downtown continues to be a popular spot for community events, like the festivals HILLarity, Flowers! Flowers!, and annual parades. Old buildings continue to be rehabilitated in Chester, which was honored recently as the Best Hometown in the state.