Marbling over the history of Lee

LEE — Pieces of Lee’s history can be found on both coasts of the country and possibly beyond.

Through years of research, the volunteer-run Lee Historical Society has found that Lee marble can likely be found at the Empire State Building, Girard College in Philadelphia and even at the base of the Washington Monument.

But the town’s influence on the country doesn’t end there, according to historical society member Phil Smith. At one point, the town was briefly the largest producer of paper in the whole country.

In the 1860s and 1870s, Lee was home to about 25 paper mills. And to celebrate that legacy, the historical society has mounted the largest exhibit in the organization’s 20-year history with an exhibit called, “Rock Stars & Paper Tigers,” available for the entire month of November.

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