Historical points in and near Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island give us a rich glimpse into a short but eventful past.
History includes an Air Force base, a golf boom, and the emergence of a resort destination. Incredible to consider, given that at the turn of the 20th century, the beach was rural and tough to get to. And the town wasn’t incorporated until 1938!
Here are five points you can visit in the area to get a sense of the Grand Strand’s history.
This mom-and-pop diner leads the category of “where time stands still.” It’s in the middle of the strip and has served locals and visitors since 1937. A Peaches Corner burger basket is a must-have experience when you visit.
DID YOU KNOW? Hurricane Hazel obliterated most beachfront property from Little River to Pawleys Island. The storm struck on Oct. 15, 1954.
This botanical garden features exclusive sculptures, a zoo, and trails through nature reserves. Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington bought the property in 1930 to build a retreat. Today, the timeless Murrells Inlet gardens are a retreat to an enchanting way of life.
DID YOU KNOW: The long-time Myrtle Beach Pavilion opened in 1949? It was the centerpiece of the town until 2006, and the third pavilion the city had.
Remember the Huntingtons from Brookgreen Gardens? Their legacy extends to Huntington Beach State Park. This is the home they built here from 1931 to 1933, Atalaya. This unique castle-like structure served as the couple’s winter home. Today, it’s a popular and stunning backdrop for visitors’ photographs.
DID YOU KNOW: The Myrtle Beach Convention Center opened in 1970? The permanent population here tripled then. And it led to huge development that skyrocketed in the early 1990s.
It’s famous for its oak-lined streets, boating, and dining. South Carolina’s third-oldest city is the site of many weddings and festivals. Take a tour to learn about its rich history. It extends from rice plantations to the Winyah Indigo Society. Today, it’s a pleasant stop between Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
DID YOU KNOW? Operations began at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1955. Until 1993, it was used to patrol and train along the coast. The site today is Market Common, with military planes on display at Warbird Park.
So many friends and family have decided to make Litchfield their vacation destination. And they choose to stay at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. It’s a wonderful resort for a family getaway, with lots to do in a clean, quiet area. Get your dates in place for your next respite and plan your escape to Litchfield today.