Situated in Lake City, South Carolina, The Bean Market is a wedding and event venue with a storied past. The devoted team of professionals that run the non-profit enjoys using their knowledge to help couples take full advantage of the building for their special day. The structure is in close proximity to the whimsical downtown area of Lake City, as well as Village Green and the Inn at the Crossroads. The charming market merges modern technology and amenities with historic architecture for an unforgettable celebration of your love and commitment.
Facilities and Capacity
Event spaces in The Bean Market span 8,500 square feet with an open floor of 5,800 square feet. Layouts can be arranged in multiple ways, suiting various wedding themes and visions. The history of the building is present throughout, revealing itself in the visible wood beams and brick. This provides the ideal template for casual gatherings, sophisticated soirees, and so much more. A catering kitchen is available, allowing chefs to prepare dishes fresh for guests.
While The Bean Market is an antique structure, the building has been carefully restored and is outfitted with the latest technology. For example, the space has a 14-foot screen for projected slideshows and videos. There is also a high-quality sound system available for use. To assist you in setting up the space, you can avail of the 300 chairs and various tables, some round some rectangular. There is also a stage, making entertainment easier.
The Bean Market was founded in 1936 by the Public Works Administration. A result of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program, it was initially an agricultural hub. Farmers from miles around would come to sell their bean crops, which were then transported by traders to the north. This bean market helped maintain the local economy throughout the Great Depression and continued to operate until the 1960s. From then until the late 1990s, the market was used by the city for storage. In 1999, the site was purchased by The Community Museum Society Inc., whose members turned it into The National Bean Market Museum of South Carolina. It now functions as a center for the community, both for events and cultural activities.