Less Traveled 2010

Tracy Pou

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Small Town Spotlight: Bishopville

Posted 10/13/2010 5:06:00 AM

Interested in South Carolina’s cotton heritage? Bishopville is a good place to begin your exploration. The town is the starting point for the state’s Cotton Trail -- a route that stretches across small towns in the northeastern portion of the state highlighting the influence of cotton on rural South Carolina.

You’ll find all you need to know about the Cotton Trail at the South Carolina Cotton Museum, located in Bishopville. The museum houses original farm equipment and other displays that provide visitors with a look back in time when cotton dominated the region’s agriculture business. Included among the museum exhibits is a life-size replica of a turn of the century farmhouse that provides a glimpse into the lives of tenant farmers and sharecroppers.

No trip to Bishopville would be complete with a trip to Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden. The self-taught topiary artist is world renowned for the artwork that he creates by shaping the trees and shrubbery in his yard into beautiful sculptures.

If you love animals, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Emmett Acres Alpaca Farm, located just outside of Bishopville. The 19-acre farm is home to mini llamas and their close cousins, the alpaca -- a fiber-producing animal whose cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty.

Whether it’s taking in a little art and culture at Bishopville’s restored Opera House or exploring the birthplace of the late Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune – one of the most influential African American educators in history, Bishopville and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer.

Want to learn more about the Bishopville area? See www.peedeetourism.com.