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South Carolina Cotton Museum

Bishopville, South Carolina

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The South Carolina Cotton Museum is a "Blue Star Museum." The South Carolina Cotton Museum is a major interpretive site preserving the legacy of cotton and rural life. Exhibits of farm and manufacturing equipment spanning two centuries allow visitors to experience the cotton culture and way of life from the field to the factory. Additionally, it is the first stop on the South Carolina Cotton Trail and provides information on those and other area attractions.

The Company Store, located inside the museum, carries a variety of unique cotton themed and locally grown/manufactured products as well as a large selection of educational books. The Tribute to Felix "Doc" Blanchard, a three-figure statue of South Carolina's only Heisman Trophy recipient, is located in the Flag Park across the street from the museum.

The Cotton Park is adjacent to the museum. The Lee County Veterans Museum located in the adjoining building is a tribute to "Our Heroes" from the Revolutionary War to the present conflicts.

Cotton goes back to the beginning of time. South Carolina had cotton being grown by the natives when the first permanent English coly was established in 1670. Joseph West was the first documented grower of cotton in South Carolina and the story of cotton told in the museum starts there.

The South Carolina Cotton Museum is a partner of the American Folklife Center, the home of the Veterans History Project in Washington DC. This program, through the Library of Congress, is documents the lives and heroism of American soldiers. Interview with Veterans of all wars are conducted at the Cotton Museum. These taped interviews along with maps, photographs, and artifacts are submitted to the Library of Congress for permanent safekeeping.

The exhibits take you through history with examples of many implements used in the growing and production of cotton fibers. The "Agricultural Air Force" is represented in the museum in the form of a Cessna Ag Wagon hanging from the ceiling. You can see a larger than life exhibit of the boll weevil and the body of the last boll weevil captured in South Carolina.

In the early twentieth century the Boll Weevil invaded the United States, destroying cotton fields as he swept northward from Texas. Cotton's only natural enemy, the Boll Weevil destroyed 70% of South Carolina's cotton crop in two years and terrorized cotton farmers until eradication programs took hold in the mid 1970's.


Interstate 20 Exit 116:
US 15 North becomes Main Street. Third traffic light turn left, museum is on left.

Interstate 20 Exit 120:
SC 341 West to second traffic light. Turn right then next traffic light turn left, museum is on left

Monday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

South Carolina Cotton Museum
121 W. Cedar Lane
Bishopville, South Carolina

A Tour of the South Carolina Cotton Museum