Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou



Small Town Spotlight: Lake City

Posted 10/11/2010 6:43:00 AM

Chartered in 1874, Lake City has made a name for itself as one of South Carolina’s busiest agricultural towns. Lake City’s tobacco market is considered one of the largest in the state. At one time, the town boasted the largest bean market in the world. The National Bean Market Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and currently undergoing a major renovation, stands as a symbol of the town’s historic past. Even though the museum is currently closed for renovations, visitors can get a sense of the town’s local flair by browsing the aisles of the National Bean Market Museum Gift Shop, which sells a variety of specialty items.

Agriculture isn’t the only thing Lake City is known for. The late NASA Astronaut Dr. Ronald E. McNair was a Lake City native. McNair died aboard the space shuttle Challenger when it exploded in 1986, just seconds after launching from Cape Kennedy. Visitors will find the McNair Memorial located on the town’s East Main Street.

Click here for more information on McNair’s Lake City roots or the town’s history.