From October to December 1990, McKissick Museum initiated fieldwork in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, an area that includes Marlboro and Chesterfield counties.
Both counties are rural, with an agricultural base dominated by cotton and tobacco. In Chesterfield County, most of the cotton fields have been plowed under and planted in pine forest. One third of the county is public land - both a state and national park occupy the southern portion of the county. The Pee Dee River cuts through the county, lending to a strong river culture and peaches are grown in abundance.
Marlboro County maintains an agricultural economy, rooted in cotton and some tobacco. Home to Blenheim Ginger Ale and a favorite spot for turkey hunters in the region. Both the Lynches and Pee Dee Rivers run through the county and fishing is a major recreational activity.