The Bean Market
This historic bean market is a destination for agritourism visitors while serving as a community meeting and event venue.
The Bean Market is a multipurpose cultural and community center at the heart of downtown Lake City, South Carolina. Standing just across from the town’s Village Green, the historic building hosts the town’s weekly farmer’s market during spring and summer months. The building has been completely restored to serve as an attractive and modern venue for conferences, meetings, weddings, receptions and other events.
History of the The Bean Market building
Built in 1936 by the Public Works Administration (PWA) as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” the Lake City bean market rose to acclaim as the world’s largest truck auction of green beans in Lake City’s agricultural prime. Farmers drove to centrally located Lake City from all over the South to bring their bean crops to market; traders would then ship the beans north on one of the many freight trains that rolled through Lake City each day.
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Events at The Bean Market
The building has been completely restored to offer a unique and flexible space to rent as a venue for conferences, meetings, receptions and parties, concerts, weddings and other events. The bright, spacious facility can accommodate up to 1,100 people and provides a versatile venue for events of any size and type. The facility includes:
- 10,000 square feet of space, with flexible setups that include a 5,800-square-foot open floor and smaller conference rooms or breakout rooms
- 750-square-foot stage with a 14-foot-high projection screen
- Catering kitchen
- Full-service rentals available
- High-speed wireless Internet
Weekly Lake City Farmer’s Market
The Lake City Farmer’s Market takes place at The Bean Market every Thursday from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in the late spring through early December. Farms bring the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables grown in the surrounding South Carolina region.
The Bean Market
Address: 111 Henry Street, Lake City, SC 29560
Phone: (843) 374-1500
Contact: Sherri Moore