Things To Do
Stroll and shop in the historic downtown.
Check out the streetscape and sculpted trees throughout Bishopville.
Enjoy the statues – honoring Felix Anthony “Doc” Blanchard Jr, Heisman trophy winner, football player, and military pilot.
Visit the Cotton Museum and Veteran Museum.
Walk the trails at the Lee State Park. Its rich diversity of natural habitats and wildlife make it an ideal setting for nature walks and the interpretive, educational programs hosted on site. Equestrian facilities are also available. Lee State Park is one of the shrinking number of CCC parks with surviving structures that display the classic Conservation Corps architecture.
Relax in the beauty of Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden.
Lee State Park
One of several CCC parks in the state, Lee State Park was built in 1935 by the CCC in order to provide riverside recreational opportunities for the residents of Lee County, South Carolina.
Along the Lynches River, which runs through Lee County, South Carolina and is partially protected from development by the state of South Carolina, kayaking and canoeing trips can be taken through the park’s hardwood forest floodplain. Fishing may also be enjoyed from along the banks of the river and children can fish for catfish in the park’s artesian pond.
The park’s rich diversity of natural habitats and wildlife make it an ideal setting for nature walks and the interpretive, educational programs hosted on site. Equestrian facilities are also available. Lee State Park is one of the shrinking number of CCC parks with surviving structures that display the classic Conservation Corps architecture.
Find more South Carolina freshwater fishing at Lake Warren State Park or take a kayak adventure down the Edisto River canoe and kayak trail at Colleton State Park!
HOURS AND ADMISSION
- Admission : Free admission
- Days and Hours of Operation : Day use area, trails and Loop Road open 9 a.m. to sunset, daily.
- Days and Holidays Closed : The park and campground is open year round.
- Office Hours : 11am-noon, daily
- Pets : Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet.
487 Loop Rd, 29010, United States
Pearl Fryar Topiary
Since the early 1980s, Pearl Fryar has created fantastic topiary at his garden in Bishopville, South Carolina. Living sculptures, Pearl’s topiary are astounding feats of artistry and horticulture. Many of the plants in Pearl’s garden were rescued from the compost pile at local nurseries. With Pearl’s patience and skilled hands, these “throw aways” have thrived and have been transformed into wonderful abstract shapes. Pearl Fryar and his garden are now internationally recognized and have been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, television shows, and even a documentary, A Man Named Pearl. Today, the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden draws visitors from around the globe.
Visitors to the Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden experience a place that is alternately beautiful, whimsical, educational, and inspiring. Pearl’s garden contains over 300 individual plants and few are spared from his skilled trimming. His extraordinary topiary is complemented by his “junk art” sculptures placed throughout the garden. Pearl’s garden is a living testament to one man’s firm belief in the results of positive thinking, hard work, and perseverance, and his dedication to spreading a message of “love, peace and goodwill.”
Please visit the Pearl Fryar Topiary Website HERE..
South Carolina Cotton Museum
The South Carolina Cotton Museum is a “Blue Star Museum” and is a major interpretive site preserving the legacy of cotton and rural life. Exhibits of farm and manufacturing equipment spanning two centuries allow visitors to experience the cotton culture and way of life from the field to the factory. Additionally, it is the first stop on the South Carolina Cotton Trail and provides information on those and other area attractions.
The Company Store, located inside the museum, carries a variety of unique cotton themed and locally grown/manufactured products as well as a large selection of educational books. The Tribute to Felix “Doc” Blanchard, a three-figure statue of South Carolina’s only Heisman Trophy recipient, is located in the Flag Park across the street from the museum.
The Lee County Veterans Museum located in the adjoining building is a tribute to “Our Heroes” from the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts.
Visit the Cotton Museum website HERE or by clicking on the picture above.
South Carolina Veterans Museum
Veterans of Lee County designed,built and furnished the items for all of the exhibits . From the Fallen Soldier entry to the history of the Wars and Conflicts, this Museum will help hold a place for Lee County Veterans forever.
Visit their website for more information! http://www.sccotton.org/20412.html