Fishing Villages, Former Rice Plantations Part of Myrtle Beach's Rich History

Even the most ardent golfer, beach bum, angler and thrill-seeker can only take so much of the same old same old on their Grand Strand getaway without wanting a little taste of the local culture. Behind the neon lights and high-rise hotels is a hidden history of the South Carolina coast that tells another side of the Myrtle Beach area. From the colonial-era rice and indigo plantations in the Lowcountry, such as Hobcaw Barony in Georgetown, to the coastline along the Carolina border where Blackbeard and other pirates patrolled the waters, the Grand Strand has a unique past that's worth checking out while you're in town. Best of all is the region's natural history, which is highlighted at displays like Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. And leave it to Myrtle Beach to offer a historical site even the kids will love at the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, a mini-sized amusement park that features the actual rides and exhibits that once graced the defunct Pavilion oceanfront park for more than a half-century. The Horry County Museum in the county seat of Conway provides a more traditional history lesson of the area and the South Carolina Hall of Fame in Myrtle Beach offers the unique human history of the Palmetto State.



Located on the first floor of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, this display features portraits and exhibits of famous South Carolina historical figures, including eight of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and a Nobel prize...  Read More



This 18th century rice plantation serves as a relic to a different time in the area's rich history. The old plantation home was the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a prominent figure in South...  Read More

Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church


One of the first acts of early European settlers to the area was to construct a church similar to those from their Anglican roots, and they spared no expense in carving this masterpiece out of the South Carolina swamplands. Constructed around...  Read More

Kaminski House Museum


The historic port city of Georgetown offers a treasure trove of pre-Revolutionary War homes and plantations, but none hold the historical significance and preservation of the Kaminski House. Once belonging to one of the first families to settle...  Read More



Learn about the rich history of the Grand Strand area from its humble beginnings as a logging and railroad town to one of the top tourism destinations in the world. Displays feature old photographs and documents that tell the story of how early...  Read More

Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens


Travel just north of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17 into the Little River community and you'll see a sign for this 115-acre park and designated wildlife refuge. The trails and boardwalks extend into the salt marshes and pass by a Civil War cemetery...  Read More

Hobcaw Barony


In 1718, King George II granted a barony (12,000 acres of land) here to John Lord Carteret, who remained the owner until 1730. Since then, the land has had various owners and uses, giving it quite an interesting pedigree. Today it's a 17,500...  Read More

Pavilion Nostalgia Park
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History never looked so fun as a trip to the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, a smaller but memory-provoking version of the old Pavilion that served as the centerpiece of downtown Myrtle Beach for decades. Located at the popular Broadway at the Beach...  Read More



Located inside pristine Huntington Beach State Park, this grand home of Archer and Anna Huntington was built in 1931 in the style of the same-named Spanish castle/Moorish fort. Self-guided tours of the grounds are available daily and free of...  Read More

Brookgreen Gardens
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The beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry is in full bloom at Brookgreen Gardens, a 9,100-acre property located about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach. Visitors can stroll through the many sculptures, fountains and flowers and take a break in...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry