Pee Dee Country South Carolina

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge- Located in McBee which is about 35 miles northwest of Florence. This refuge was established to restore and maintain a longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem. There are 30 man-made lakes and numerous small creeks here that serve as habitat to 190 species of birds, 42 species of mammals, 41 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians and over 750 plant species. There are trails, observation towers, viewing platforms and a 9-mile long drive to view the wildlife and the plants.

Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum & Pit Shop - Most visitors to the Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum aren't quite sure what to expect. Old cars, or modern ones? A history lesson, or a fresh look at a most contemporary and constantly evolving sport? The answer: The museum offers all this, and a lot more.

Hartsville Museum - Come and learn about the history of Hartsville. The exhibits in the Lawhon History Gallery concern objects and their history as they relate to Hartsville and surrounding areas. Hands-on tours are offered for children focusing on Native Americans, Cotton and the Early 20th Century Kitchen.

The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden - Visitors experience a place that is alternately beautiful, whimsical, educational, and inspiring. Pearl's garden contains over 300 individual plants, and few are spared from his skilled trimming. His extraordinary topiary is complemented by his "junk art" sculptures placed throughout the garden.

Kalmia Gardens - Walking trails allow visitors to explore a blackwater swamp, laurel thickets and pine, oak and holly upland. Planting of azaleas, camellias and other ornamentals enhance the natural beauty created by the variety of native plants found in the garden.

Dillon County Museum - A former medical office, the museum contains old dental and medical equipment, farming implements, military memorabilia, a collection on indigo and local historical items.

Florence County Museum - Established to promote the Arts and Sciences; to collect, to preserve and to exhibit object of historic, artistic and scientific interest. As a cultural resource for the Pee Dee area, The Florence Museum collects objects, exhibits them and provides related programming all in the effort to fulfill the Museums' objective.

South Carolina Tobacco Museum - The City of Mullins sprang from the growing, harvesting and selling of tobacco beginning in 1894. Proving that tobacco and farm life was the life-blood of the community, Mullins grew to become the largest tobacco market in South Carolina at one time. The Museum, which opened in August 1998, focuses on the growing of tobacco and rural farm life prior to 1950.

The Button Museum - While most people refer to a button as the "thing" that holds your pants up, for 75-year-old Dalton Stevens, it's a work of art. Stevens, better known as the "Button King," has been practicing this art form for 15 years.

South Carolina Cotton Museum - Preserves the history of the cotton culture in South Carolina. Original tools, interactive exhibits and amusing stories in an authentic setting allow you to experience a way of life long gone yet very much a part of the present.

Florence Little Theatre - A wonderful little theatre. You don't have to go to the big cities to be entertained. Come and see one of these charming plays.