Notable Places

Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden

Pearl Fryar’s Topiary Garden is the home to one of the most breath-taking attractions in South Carolina. Located at 145 Broad Acres Road in Bishopville, South Carolina, this 3-acre garden is visited annually by many tourists. Fryar and his carefully sculptured topiary garden has been featured many times on television specials and in dozens of magazines. His garden offers 3 acres of trees and shrubs formed into fanciful spirals, 3-dimensional pieces, pom poms, and other extraordinary shapes that always seem to render visitors awestruck.

He’s also won many awards as well as being named as South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development by Governor Mark Sanford in 2003. Fryar revealed that all he wanted to do was have a nice yard and win yard of the month from his hometown of Bishopville, SC.

Emmett Acres

Emmett Acres Alpaca Farm South Carolina’s top breeder of Peruvian and Chilean alpacas. Founded in 1999 by Monty and Randall Gooding on 19 acres, this beautiful farm has continued to produce alpacas of the highest quality and color. This beautiful fiber is second to none in the world. The farm is open to visitors by appointment. Visit the web site at www.alpacas-4-u.com or call 803-428-2161 or 803-428-7222 for reservations.

Lee State Park

Lee State Park is one of the best known parks in Lee County. Located at 487 Loop Road in Bishopville, this park hosts just about everything from river fishing, boating, nature trails, show ring, and stables. The park also offers educational programs like pine needle basket weaving and owl prowls. Year-round, daylight hours, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) workers built the Park during the Great Depression. This attractive park is approximately 2,839 acres of land . This park offers picnicking in shelters and camping. Picnic tables and serene environments are stationed around the 5.6 miles of Lynches River that’s owned by Lee State Park.

The Cotton Museum

The South Carolina Cotton Museum, a “Blue Star Museum,” traces the history of cotton production in Lee County. The South Carolina Cotton Museum 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 Cotton Park is adjacent to 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.

Button Museum

Dalton Stevens decided to sew a few buttons on a denim suit one night when he couldn’t get to sleep. When he finished two months later, that suit had 16,333 buttons and weighed 16 pounds. Since that denim suit he has done other clothing, cars, instruments and much more.