Renovation of the 80-year old House on the Hill at the Cheraw State Park came a step closer to reality on Tuesday with the town of Cheraw’s $15,000 donation to South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Cheraw Mayor Andy Ingram said the project has already gathered $130,000 in donations. That’s more than half the money necessary for the $250,000 renovation.
“That leaves $120,000 that must be raised locally,” said Ingram.
Other donors include Duke Progress Energy, the SC Parks, Recreation and Tourism and a number of area residents.
“Cheraw State Park was South Carolina’s first state park, and it became a reality in the 1930s due to the generosity of Cheraw’s citizens,” Fontana said.
“Each year, the park draws thousands of visitors, with many of these visitors spending money in our local businesses,” Ingram said. “The House on the Hill is a tremendous asset for our community, and the town of Cheraw is pleased we can make a difference in preserving an important part of this park.”
Ingram urged area residents to make a donation to the House on the Hill project, continuing the tradition of those who first made Cheraw State Park a reality. And if you wonder whose name would be on that list, Ingram has the answer.
Along with photographs and other memorabilia from Cheraw State Park, Ingram has the actual list of donors and the amount of money each contributed for the purchase of the land for the park. He has shared that list, which recognizes donations ranging from $1 to $25. The highest single contributor was The Women’s Shop with a $75 donation.
You may recognize some a few, old, familiar names: Mrs. L.D. Harrell, Laurie Harrell, Olivia A. Pegues, M. Ethel Pegues, Julia M. Pegues, Henly H. Hurt, D.A. Boan, Boyd Haley $2, M.C. Thomas $2, Norman Anderson, J.D. Smith, Mrs. P.B. Huntley, Lucile B. Godfrey, Ola Huntley, C.W. Sims, J.W. Malloy, John R. Graham, Dan L. Tillman, L.L. Powers, C.C. Anderson, J.W. Maynard, J.O. Raley, The Women’s Shop, Lattas Grocery, D.H. Burch’s Market, employees of public Square Filling Station, Griffins Beauty Shoppe, McKay-Davidson Agency, S.I. Cato, J. L. Bottoms, L.S. Griggs, E.E. Smart, Mrs. R.M. Watts, A.G. Anderson, D.W. Moore, J.L. McCown, Eula P. Burch, J.L. Griggs, C.B. Edgeworth, Geo. E. Smith, Bruce Wannamaker, J.R. Graham, H.A. Burch, T.S. Evans, J.O. Allred, W.H. Page, W. Ed Reid, J.J. McRae, R.B. Laney, C.W. Sims, S.K. Smith, M.L. Johnson, T.N. Berry, S.A.L.R.R. Co., and Pure Oil Co.
Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated, said Ingram, and are tax-deductible.
Checks should be made payable to The House on the Hill – BPA. Please mail to: Cheraw State Park, 100 State Park Road, Cheraw, SC 29520. Online payments may be made by visiting www.southcarolinaparks.com/cheraw/introduction.aspx