This seven-county region, named for the original Native America Pee Dee Indians who inhabited it long ago and subsequently the Pee Dee Rivers, still offers the natural wonders that attracted the Native Americans and early settlers. A sparkling gem of nature’s best, Pee Dee Country has a unique combination of scenic parks and natural areas as well as a history spanning both Revolutionary and Civil War times, reflected in its wonderfully preserved historic homes, plantations and buildings.
Here’s the ideal place to experience the heritage of the agrarian lifestyle of the old South and its relaxed way of life. Both cotton and tobacco played an important role in the early growth of the region, and the South Carolina Cotton Trail™ was developed to showcase the era. The Cotton Trail takes visitors on a revealing tour through three Pee Dee counties, and you’ll find Visitors Information Centers for the trail in Bennettsville, Hartsville and Bishopville. The South Carolina Cotton Museum is located in Bishopville and has preserved the legacy of the cotton culture in South Carolina. The Tobacco Museum is located in the historic train depot in Mullins and depicts farm life and the growing of the “golden leaf” prior to 1950. Many other Pee Dee towns boast fascinating museums displaying local artifacts.
Pee Dee Country offers three beautiful state parks and natural areas and many local parks as well as four scenic rivers. The area also has more than 30 exciting and affordable golf courses! It’s no wonder that outdoor activities are popular here! Come chip, putt, paddle, cycle, race, raft, kayak, hike, fish, and just have fun!
And while you’re here, enjoy the entertainment of one of our many local festivals. Good food, good times and a glimpse of our history is found in the Cotton Festival, the Tobacco Festival, the Sweet Potato Festival, the Quilt Festival, the Barbeque Shag Festival, the Greek Festival, the Catfish Festival, the Black heritage Arts Festival and the International Festival, to name just a few! Race car fans will want to catch a race at the famous Darlington Raceway! Take in the history of the world’s greatest spectator sport at the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame and the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum. Learn about the racing pioneers and the historic cars that carried them to greatness. Pee Dee Country is truly a land of the past, present and future with something for everyone.