Lee County was founded in 1902 with a combination of lands previously belonging to Kershaw, Sumter, and Darlington counties. The county is named in honor of General Robert E. Lee. Bishopville serves as the county seat.

A number of historic events have taken place in Lee County. One small Revolutionary War battle and two small Civil War battles were fought here. Additionally, the last fatal duel in South Carolina occurred in Lee County.

Throughout its history, Lee County has been known for the large amounts of cotton it produces. In fact, a U.S. Senator from Lee County, Ellison Durant Smith, became known as Cotton Ed due to the efforts he made to help cotton farmers. Another notable local is Dalton Stevens, an artist and musician known as the Button King.

Notable Places. Accessed June 09, 2016.
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Black River | South Carolina Public Radio
Black River | South Carolina Public Radio

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“B” is for Black River. The Black River takes its name from its tea-colored waters. The river begins in the Sandhills of Lee County, and is joined at Rocky Bluff Swamp near Sumter. The Pocotaligo...
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 3 | NatureScene
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 3 | NatureScene

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The hosts come across some very large mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love standing water. It's the female mosquito that takes blood from us. There are flowers that grow along this stop like sweetgum, red...
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 4  | NatureScene
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 4 | NatureScene

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This stop is considered floodplain. The hosts makes note of how the river flowed into this area carrying sand and also the height of the water. Native Americans used places like the Lynches river to...
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 5 | NatureScene
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 5 | NatureScene

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The host visit an artesian well at this stop. There are many primitive plants that thrive near this source of water. Learn about muscadines and how they're formed. On this last stop the host see a...
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 1 | NatureScene
Lee State Park (S.C.) Stop 1 | NatureScene

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Lee State Park is located in Lee County, around the Lynches River. Some of the items found along this stop include a butterfly pea flower, the eastern tailed blue butterfly and a tail feather of the...