“Whether or not you reach your goals in life depends entirely on how well you prepare for them and how badly you want them.”

— Ronald McNair

Our Roots

Originally settled as early as 1754 as Williamsburg Township, our community acquired something of a nickname (“The Crossroads”), recognizing the importance of two major roads that connected Georgetown to Camden, and Charleston to Cheraw. These roads are now known as Main Street and Church Street. Our agriculture-based community grew as the Northeastern Railroad was completed in 1857. The town was chartered as Graham in 1874, and was renamed Lake City in 1883. One of South Carolina’s largest Tobacco Markets was opened here in 1899, and our historic Bean Market, which was once the largest in the world, was opened in 1936.



Named for the group of lakes that stretch through this part of South Carolina, The Lynches Lake Historical Society collects and preserves historical artifacts and documents related to the people who settled in this region beginning in the 1700s, as well as providing educational resources about our history to schools and interested organizations and individuals. Housed in downtown Lake City at 238 East Main Street 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. 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.



The Three Rivers Historical Society was created to collect and preserve information about the history, the land, and the people who settled along the Black, Lynches, and Pee Dee Rivers. They feature nearly 450 files portraying the families who settled in this area beginning in the 1700’s. Today, there is an abundance of information available at the Society’s headquarters [nearly 450 files portraying the families who settled in this area beginning in the 1700s] located at 154 West Main Street. We urge you to come by to see what is available on your direct lineage and related families. Collect, trace, and preserve your heritage for yourself and your children. Within the Three Rivers area, there are nine historical markers that have been erected by the Society. There are a number of others just out of our primary area of interest, that have been erected by other organizations.

Providing a vast collection of genealogical archives for researchers, historical documents, cemetery records, and more, Three Rivers is your destination for searching for that elusive ancestor. Come learn about the rich heritage of the people and places making up the Pee Dee. Staffed by volunteers, this non-profit maintains a collection of books for sale in their gift shop, as well as, items handcrafted by local artisans.

Now on display at Three Rivers is the rare Ancient Cypress Wood, carbon-dated to 50,000+ years old. The wood is being studied by interdisciplinary researchers and institutions. Discover the heirloom treasures being created by craftsman who cherish the opportunity to work with this wood.