Visitor Planning Guide: Agritourism

Celebrate the delicious foods produced around Lake City — in the past and today.

Prep your taste buds for a tasty trip to the Lake City region, and prepare to lose yourself in eastern South Carolina’s agricultural history and indulge in the fresh foods of our small, local family farms. Read on for our top five agritourism must-sees.

1. National Bean Market Museum and Weekly Farmer’s Market

Learn about this historic market, which at one time was one of the largest green bean markets in the world — and be sure to visit on farmer’s market days between May and December. Find fruits, crafts, local specialties and organic food and vegetables. The market runs every Thursday from 1-6 p.m.

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2. Visits to local farms

Florence County is home to dozens of small, family farms offering fresh food for sales, plus farm attractions, nurseries and more.

See a list of farms to visit 

3. South Carolina Farmer’s Festival

Combining fresh farm produce with parades, live music, war reenactments, games, craft vendors and more, this annual festival draws thousands of people from around the region to downtown Lake City.

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4. Browntown Museum

See a working Lowcountry farmstead from the antebellum days of the local area. Owned by the Brown family between the mid-1700s and mid-1800s, this cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes primitive machinery, a cotton gin, corncrib, smokehouse, outhouse and the Brown-Burrows house built around 1845. 3114 Johnsonville Highway, Lake City, SC 29560. Open Saturday 9 a.m.

5. Tobacco Festival

Each September, thousands of people flock to Lake City from across South Carolina for the annual Tobacco Festival, a celebration of our local agricultural with local music, art exhibits and exciting competitions on the Village Green. Check our calendar of events or watch the website for details about the 2013 festival.