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The Bean Market

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Once a center of Lake City's economic engine, the historic Bean Market underwent extensive renovations in and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bean Market is now a multipurpose cultural and community center at the heart of downtown. Standing alongside the Village Green, the historic building hosts the town’s weekly farmer’s market during spring and summer. The building has been completely restored and serves as a modern venue for conferences, meetings, weddings, receptions, and more.

Venue

The unique and flexible space provides a versatile venue for events of any size and type. The facility includes:

  • 10,000 square feet of space, with flexible setups that include a 5,800-square-foot open floor
  • 750-square-foot stage with a 14-foot-high projection screen
  • Catering kitchen
  • Full-service rentals available
  • High-speed wireless internet

History

Largest Truck Auction of Green Beans

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.