Area Guide:
The 60-mile stretch of beach towns known as the Grand Strand has become a famed vacation, golf and shopping destination, attracting more than 13 million visitors a year. It's also an area rich in history and cultural destinations, several of which are included here. Whether your passion is golfing, recreation, fine dining, entertainment, history, arts and culture, or basking in the sun, you're sure to love the Myrtle Beach area.
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Lodging spotlight:
The Cypress Inn
16 Elm Street, Conway SC
843-248-8199 - 800-575-5307
This charming 12-room Inn overlooking the Waccamaw River has earned the coveted AAA four diamond rating (among its many other accolades.) It features a spacious Lowcountry porch, gourmet breakfast and extensive library.
Litchfield Plantation
290 River Road, Pawleys Island, SC
843-543-3146 - 800-869-1410
Nestled on a beautiful 600 acre 1750's coastal rice plantation, the Litchfield Plantation offers both gracious rooms and guest cottages, a pool and cabana, and use of the private beach club at Pawley's Island.
Attraction spotlight:
Horry County Museum
438 Main Street, Conway, SC
The museum features informative historical displays documenting the history and culture of Horry County (which was once referred to as The Independent Republic, for the self-reliant nature of the early residents.) An acclaimed photographic collection and historic artifacts (including Indian relics) make this a great attraction for visitors.
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC
(843) 235-6000
Brookgreen is the nation's oldest and largest sculpture garden, with over 550 works of American sculpture. It also features extensive public gardens, and a nature trail, native wildlife, historical and cultural exhibits, and more.
Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC
(843) 237-4440
This is a beautifully preserved natural beach environment, with freshwater lagoon, salt marsh and maritime forest. An indoor exhibit showcases the region's natural environment. The park is also the site of Castle Atalaya, the former winter home of sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington.
The Rice Museum
633 Front Street Georgetown, SC
(843) 546-7423
The story of the rice culture in Georgetown County is highlighted here, with maps, artifacts and exhibits. The museum is located in the Old Market Building, built in 1842. In the adjacent Maritime History Gallery is Brown's Ferry Vessel, a 50' river freighter built in 1710, sunk around 1730 and the oldest boat in North America. Other exhibits include Gullah history of the Low country.
Franklin Burroughs-Simeon Chapin Art Museum
3100 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC
(843) 238-2510
The Museum is the Grand Strand's home for fine artwork, and is dedicated to furthering the visual arts in northeastern South Carolina. Two unique permanent displays are located here: The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild Collection and The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps and Prints.
Hopsewee Plantation
494 Hopsewee Road, Georgetown, SC
(843) 546-7891
This plantation is the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, and was built in 1740. Now privately owned, the house is open to the public and is furnished in 18th- and 19th-century antiques. The grounds feature two original slave cabins and great views of the Santee River.
Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church
301 Broad Street, Georgetown, SC
(843) 546-4358
This historic church was established in 1721 by the Church of England to serve area colonists. It features original box pews and an English stained-glass window at the back of its altar. The gallery and chancel were added in 1809. Built in 1750 with old brick from British ships' ballasts, the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church was held by enemy troops twice- by British troops during the Revolutionary War, and by Union troops during the Civil War.
Fox & Hounds Antiques Mall
160A Rodeo Drive · Myrtle Beach · SC · 29579 · 843-236-1027 · Email
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