Coker Experimental Farms, founded by David R. Coker in 1914, featured the first cotton-breeding program in the the United States. Here, Coker further developed the experiments of his father, Sonoco Corporation founder Maj. James Lide Coker, who introduced improved and scientifically informed production methods of cotton, tobacco, corn and pulp wood to the region.
The National Historic Landmark on South Fourth Street, featuring active fields and exhibits housed in a replica dairy barn, explains how the Coke Pedigreed Seed Company made a massive impact in Southern agriculture, improving the yield of existing crops and helping establish new ones such as soybeans.
Location: 1257 S. Fourth St.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; self-guided tours daily; group tours available, contact to schedule appointment