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.