The same as Patrick and Pageland, McBee was named after a railroad executive;
in this case, V.E. "Bunch" McBee, born July 26, 1849, in Greenville
Co., SC, the son of William Pinkney and Harriett Butler McBee. Bunch McBee was
one of South Carolina's leading forces in the building of railroads, was
responsible for the Columbia, South Carolina to Hamlet, North Carolina line,
which runs through McBee, and was at one time superintendent of the Seaboard Air
The Old McBee Train Depot still stands today, and has been converted into a Railroad Museum and the town library, within holds the history of the railroad system with many displays covering many aspects of a bygone era.