The Bean Market
Built in 1936 by the Public Works Administration (PWA) as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal,” the Lake City Bean Market rose to acclaim as the world’s largest truck auction of green beans in Lake City’s agricultural prime. Farmers drove to centrally located Lake City from all over the South to bring their bean crops to market; traders would then ship the beans north on one of the many freight trains that rolled through Lake City each day.
The Bean Market now serves as a multipurpose cultural and community center at the heart of downtown Lake City, South Carolina. Located across the street from the beautiful Village Green, the building has been completely restored to offer a unique and flexible rental space as a venue for conferences, meetings, receptions, weddings, concerts and other events. This bright, spacious facility includes 10,000 square feet of space, with flexible setup options that include a 5,800-square-foot open floor, a 750-square-foot stage with a 14-foot projection screen and sound system, and a convenient catering kitchen, including ice maker. Banquet tables & chairs are available as well.
This versatile venue is an ideal choice for corporate events, as it can be adapted for a variety of options: breakfast or luncheon meetings, cocktail receptions, seated dinners, business expos, executive retreats and more. The Bean Market venue pairs the best of historic Lake City with modern-day Lake City!