Historical Society

Leading Lake City’s preservation efforts, the historical society serves as a resource for people researching South Carolina history and genealogy.

The Lynches Lake Historical Society (LLHS) is a non-profit organization located in Lake City, SC.  We collect and preserve historical artifacts and documents related to the people of northeastern South Carolina, as well as education resources on our history to schools and interested organizations and individuals.

Named for the group of lakes that stretch through this part of South Carolina, the Lynches Lake Historical Society aims to capture and preserve the history of the people who settled in this region beginning in the 1700s. While genealogy is our primary focus, we work with organizations such as the The Bean Market to educate and display the industry, enterprise and accomplishments of our ancestors.

Membership and funding

Housed in downtown Lake City in the Whitehead Infirmary, a building built in 1938 by Dr. J.D. Whitehead, the LLHS has more than 100 members and is supported through membership fees, grants and donations from individuals and groups.

Resources and events

The LLHS library provides research material and resources, including a microfilm reader and a library of records from local government, churches, census reports, schools and other sources.

The LLHS helps to sponsor many prominent, history-related events throughout the year, including the state History Day competition for South Carolina primary and secondary students. Society personnel also guide the Lies and Legends Tour through downtown Lake City, starting in April. The current schedule for the Lies & Legends tour is as follows:

April 25th & 26th: 2 p.m--6 p.m.

April 27th: 3 p.m.--6 p.m.

April 28th--May 2nd: 2 p.m.--dusk (approx. 6 p.m.) 

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions or require special accommodations. Tours will meet at the Bean Market (111 Henry Street) prior to embarking. 

In addition, the Lynches Lake Historical Society is conducting inquiries into the men under Francis Marion's command. General Marion oversaw 3,500 men during the Revolutionary War, including local Lynches Lake residents, and the LLHS seeks to learn more about these local heroes and their histories.

Visit us

Address: 238 East Main Street, Lake City, SC 29560
Phone: (843) 374-0266
Contact: Kent Daniels
Email: [email protected]