South Carolina: Lee County

Lee County (pop 19,220), northeast of Sumter County, is one of 12 Lee counties in the U.S. – most of them in the Southeast.

The one in Illinois was named for Richard Henry Lee.

Interstate 20 runs through the middle of Lee County; the highway goes from Florence, S.C., west to Columbia, Atlanta, Birmingham, Shreveport, Dallas, and on to West Texas.

The county seat of Lee County is Bishopville (pop. 3,471).

Lee County Courthouse (1908)

Lee County is an historically important area for cotton-growing, and Bishopville is the home of the South Carolina Cotton Museum.

Established in 1993

Bishopville is also the home of the Button King Museum, featuring a wide variety of items (clothing, musical instruments, a car) with buttons attached to them.

For display purposes only

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden is another attraction in Bishopville.

More than 300 individual plants

Lee State Park is just east of Bishopville.

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

Football great Felix Anthony “Doc” Blanchard (1924-2009) grew up partly in Bishopville.

Heisman Trophy winner at West Point

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp is reputed to live in Lee County.

Seven feet tall and scaly.

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One comment on “South Carolina: Lee County

  1. Rick Dodds says:

    I know that the toilet is for display purposes only, and it is pretty, but still.

    Rick Dodds AWM

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