Meetings of the
Horry County Historical Society

Date - Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time - 3:00 P.M.
Place -
Coastal Carolina University, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies Building, 290 Allied Drive, (East Campus).
The BCCMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Center (Business & Industrial Park) beside the WPDE TV-15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.

Program - Wink Prince, PhD. History, professor at Coastal Carolina University, will speak on "Twelve Things That Changed Horry County".

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Date - Sunday, July 13, 2014
Time - 3:00 P.M.
Place -
Coastal Carolina University, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies Building, 290 Allied Drive, (East Campus).
The BCCMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Center (Business & Industrial Park) beside the WPDE TV-15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.

Program - For our program, members of the HCHS will give brief talks about projects of historical interest that they are working on, including a brief talk by Ben Burroughs on "Horry County History - The Evolving Story", inspired by recent online research of historical newspapers.

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Date - Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time - 10:00 A.M.
Place - Tour of historical points of interest along Hwy. 701, south of Conway (Bucks Township area) & Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge at Yauhannah.

Program -Join the Society at 10AM as we meet at Union Methodist Church, located on Hwy. 701 just south of Conway. There we will hear about the history of Union Church and then proceed to other locations on further down Hwy. 701, including: the site of the old S.C. Dispensary and Pott's Bluff Landing, Port Harrelson and the Bull Creek Ferry, the site of the old Mineral Springs Methodist Church, the old Moore Cemetery which dates back to the 1700s, the Black Lake Rev. War Battle site and finally the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge where we are expecting to arrive around 12:30 and where you are invited to bring your own lunch and have a picnic on one of the most beautiful bluffs on the Great Pee Dee River and learn about the site's history and what it is used for today.

Members are encouraged to bring along any friends that are interested in learning about these historic sites. The tour is free. Wear shoes appropriate for walking in sand, maybe some bug spray and your own bag lunch and drink.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 3 at 10AM sharp.

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Date - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Time - 3:00 P.M.
Place - TBA

Program -Wink Prince, history professor at Coastal Carolina University, will give a talk on the CCU book project "Chasing the Paper Canoe".

'Chasing the Paper Canoe'
(from The Atheneum, The Faculty and Staff Newsletter of Coastal Carolina University)

 “Chasing the Paper Canoe,” the debut book by CCU's new Athenaeum Press, is set for release April 12. The book revisits Nathaniel Bishop’s trip down the Waccamaw River in a paper canoe more than a century ago. Students and faculty from Coastal Carolina University collaboratively produced the project under the umbrella of The Athenaeum Press. This project also includes a companion website and augmented reality, where readers can download a free mobile app to see some of the photographs come to life as streaming video.

Many of the multimedia components were developed by Marcello Garofalo, a CCU senior majoring in visual arts. “The work on the book has allowed me to experience the collaborative process in publishing on a professional level that far exceeds the typical classroom experience,” Garofalo said.

This book represents the mission of The Athenaeum Press -- to concentrate on a small list of high impact projects that integrate student learning with print and digital projects and that involve faculty and community. This threefold commitment to quality, education and community engagement goes well beyond the boundaries of a traditional university press. 

The book launch will take place on April 12, 2013 at the Spring Gala at Coastal Carolina University and will be part of the festivities at RiverRead at the Riverfront in Conway on April 20. Books will be available for purchase beginning April 12 at theathenaeumpress.com/papercanoe.

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Date - Saturday, October 5, 2013
Time - 2:00 P.M.
Program - Due to inclement weather the April Tour was canceled.   We have re-scheduled the tour as a fall tour so it will on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  We will be boarding Captain Rod’s Boat PROMPTLY AT 2:00 P.M. and heading for North Island.  We are guided by the tides so that is the reason for leaving at 2:00 P.M. and the reason for PROMPTNESS.

We will be on board "Captain Rod’s Boat" and it will LEAVE AT 2:00 P.M. from the Georgetown Dock at 701 Front Street behind the town clock.  The tour is limited to 49 persons so you will want to sign up before the boat is full.  The boat has clean, modern restrooms.  Snacks and soft drinks are available on board, AND it is Handicap Accessible.

North Island was the location of one of Peter Horry's homes.  CCU professor Dr. Roy Talbert will be on board to talk with us about Peter Horry and his Journal after the Revolutionary War.  In addition it is the site where Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette, first came ashore in America on his mission to assist the colonies in their struggle for independence from Great Britain.  After spending the night at the home of the Huger family, he was then ferried to Georgetown and eventually made his way by land to General George Washington’s headquarters.  The island is also the site of the Georgetown Lighthouse. The first lighthouse, built as early as 1795, burned whale oil in a six foot wide lantern.  The original lighthouse was replaced in 1811 with the present one. During the War Between the States the top portion containing the light was damaged and afterwards when it was repaired the height was extended a few feet.  The current lighthouse is 87 feet tall and was one of the last manual lighthouses.

To make reservations for the tour please call Fran at 843-477-0287 or email her at:  ladyfranada@aol.com . The cost is $32.00 per person and is limited to 48 persons. Make your check or payment out to “Lowcountry Tours” and mail it to P.O. Box 1208, Georgetown, SC 29440 and MARK IT for the “October 5, 2013 Tour”.

From Conway, Aynor and points North take Highway 701 South to Georgetown to Front Street and turn left then proceed to the town clock.  Side street parking is available around the town clock.
From Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, etc.  take Highway 17 South to Georgetown and turn left on Screven Street and proceed down to Front Street.  Side street parking is available around the town clock.

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Date - Sunday, July 14, 2013
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Horry County Museum's "L.W. Paul Living History Farm" at 2279 Harris Shortcut Rd and Highway 701 just north of Conway
Program:  Our speaker will be O. Richard Wright, Jr.

Mr. Wright will be speaking on the life of Horry County native Jeremiah Smith, born in Socastee and later moved to Conway.  He will be bringing with him Smith’s Confederate bayonet, his collapsible drinking cup, his ink well, and an 1863 glass plate photograph of Jeremiah Smith.  In addition he will be bringing photos of him and other family members not commonly seen before. He will also exhibit Smith's parole from Appomattox Courthouse and several original documents signed by Smith and S.C. Gov. Wade Hampton when Hampton appointed Jeremiah Smith to various positions.  Mr. Wright is a maternal great-grandson of Jeremiah Smith.

Jeremiah Smith served as the 7th mayor of Conway from 1906-1908.

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Date - Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Cancelled because of small craft advisory warnings on Winyah Bay. To be rescheduled in October.
Time - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM approximately
Place - Boat trip to North Island in Winyah Bay.
Program: 
Annual Spring Tour -

I am sure you won’t want to miss this trip so get your $32.00 in soon.  Make your check or payment out to “Lowcountry Tours” and mail it to P.O. Box 1208, Georgetown, SC 29440 and MARK IT for the “April 20, 2013 Tour”.  It will be low tide so we will have to DEPART AT 9:00 A.M.

For other information:  Phone 843-477-0287 or email ladyfranada@aol.com

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Date - Sunday, January 13, 2013
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Horry County Museum, Main Street and Ninth Ave., Conway, S.C.
Program:  Walter Hill, Director of the Horry County Museum, will give us a behind-the-secnes tour of the new Horry County Museum.

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Date - Sunday, October 14, 2012
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - L. W. Paul Living History Farm, Hwy. 2279 Harris Shortcut Road & Hwy. 701 N., Conway, S.C.
Program: Due to a no-show by the scheduled speaker, we filled in the meeting by having the directors give reports to the membership on upcoming HCHS events and other history related happenings that are scheduled in the near future in Horry County.

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Date - Sunday, July 8, 2012
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - L. W. Paul Living History Farm, Hwy. 2279 Harris Shortcut Road & Hwy. 701 N., Conway, S.C.
Program: 
Adam Emrick, senior planner for Horry County will speak on the Horry County Cemetery Project. Ground penetrating radar has been used to determine the existence of numerous unmarked gravesites. Adam will explain the project and show you how you can access the information on the county's website.

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Date - Saturday, April 21, 2012
Time - 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM approximately
Place - Lake Swamp Area of Horry County, S.C.
Program: 
Annual Spring Tour - Join the Society as we tour the Lake Swamp area of Horry County.
We will meet at 10:00 A.M. at Iona United Methodist Church at Finklea Crossroads on Highway 410.

For the members coming from Loris and North Myrtle Beach and points in that direction they will need to come through Loris and go out Highway 9 BUSINESS and turn onto Highway 410 to Iona Church.  For the members coming from Myrtle Beach they will need to come out Highway 31 to Highway 22 and take Highway 22 to Highway 701.  They can get off at Highway 701 and go North to Highway 410 and to Iona Church.  For the members coming from Galivants Ferry and Aynor and points in that direction they will need to come across country roads via Barnhill Road and Highway 19 to Highway 410 and to Iona Church.

For the members coming from Conway we will meet at 9:15 A.M. at The Bryan House and will carpool or they can go out Highway 701 North 10 miles and turn left onto Highway 410 and then proceed on to Iona Church.

The places on the tour will be (1) Iona United Methodist Church, (2) the Historical Society’s Property property on Mitchell Swamp which is the site of an old Graham house and Graham cemetery across the street, (3) the House with 8 Gables, (4) the Pee Dee Academy High School site, (5) the House with the Swinging Porch, (6) the place where Francis Marion was selected as General, (7) the first railroad in Horry County and then go back to Roundman’s Convenience Store for lunch (bring your own or pick up something at the convenience Store) and a discussion about Lake Swamp.

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Date - Sunday, January 8, 2012
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Coastal Carolina Universitiy, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, 1270 Atlantic Ave., (East Campus).
The BCCMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Center (Business & Industrial Park) beside the WPDE TV 15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.
Program: 
 A representative of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will speak on the building of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Date - Sunday, October 9, 2011
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC
Program: 
 Guest Speaker - Pat Brittain will speak on " Women Entrepreneurs Whose Bed & Board guest Houses helped build the Accomodations Industry in Myrtle Beach."

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Date - Sunday, July 26, 2011
Time - 3:30 PM
Place - Coastal Carolina Universitiy, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, 1270 Atlantic Ave., (East Campus).
The CMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Industrial Park beside the WPDE TV 15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.
Program: 
 Dr. Rick Simmons will speak about his recently published book, Defending the South Carolina Coast:  The Civil War from Georgetown to Little River.

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Date - Saturday, April 9, 2011
Time - 11:00 AM
Place - L.W. Paul Living History Farm, Hwy. 701 N. just outside of Conway.
Program: 
 The HCHS will be guests of the Horry County Museum as they give us a tour of the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. Tour begins at 11:00 AM and lunch will be available for purchase. Bring a friend!

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Date - Sunday, January 9, 2011
Time - 2:00 PM
Place - SC Civil War Museum, 4857 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, SC (just south of the back gate to the former air force base)
Program: 
 In observance of the Sesquicentennial (150th) Observance of the War Between the States, we will be touring the recently renovated SC Civil War Museum in Myrtle Beach. Please bring along any of your friends that you think would be interested in joining us. Light refreshements will be provided. The Museum is located on the east side of US Highway 17, just 3 miles south of highway 501 or 2 miles north of highway 544. The address is 4857 Highway 17 Bypass, MB, SC.

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Date - Sunday, October 10, 2010
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Coastal Carolina Universitiy, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, 1270 Atlantic Ave., (East Campus).
The CMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Industrial Park beside the WPDE TV 15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.
Program: 
Ted Gragg will speak about the discovery, recovery and preservation of the remains of the CSS PeeDee, a Confederate warship built at the Confederate Naval Shipyard on the Great Peedee River at Mars Bluff near Florence.

Date - Sunday, July 11, 2010
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Coastal Carolina Universitiy, Room 100, Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine & Wetland Studies, 1270 Atlantic Ave., (East Campus).
The CMWS building is located on the east side of Hwy. 501 in the Atlantic Industrial Park beside the WPDE TV 15 building and across the street from the Coastal Science Building.
Program:
 Dr. Cheryl Ward, Director of CCU's Center for Archaeology and Anthropology will speak on subjects of local historical interest.

Date - Saturday, May 22, 2010
Time - 10 AM - 2 PM
Place - Dogg Bluff area of Horry County
Program:
 Tour of Dogg Bluff area.

Date - Sunday, January 10, 2010
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located on Long Ave. in Conway.
Program:
 John Williamson will speak on DNA and Geneaology. His program is entitled, “Y-chromosome DNA as a Powerful Genealogical Tool".

Date - Sunday, October 11, 2009
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Old Burroughs School (Main St. and Ninth Ave. in Conway)
Program:
 Walter Hill, Director of the Horry County Museum, will give us a guided tour of the old school which is being renovated as the future home of the Horry County Museum. Mr. Hill will give us a preview of what we can expect of the new museum. We will meet in front of the school.

Date - Sunday, July 12, 2009
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, located on Long Ave. in Conway.
Program:
 Adam Emrick, Senior Planner at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Dept., will speak on the activities of the Horry County Board Of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation. Mr. Emrick heads up a program to record and protect all cemeteries within Horry County as well as a project to add historic properties to the Horry County Historic Property Register.

Date - Saturday, April 25, 2009
Time - 10 AM - 1 PM
Place - Georgetown, South Carolina
Program -
Spring Tour 2009
We will tour the Georgetown County Museum, take a walking tour of the historic district, visit the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, the Kaminski House and the Parker-Stewart House. Optional lunch at Rice Paddy Restaurant in Georgetown at 1 PM.

Date - Sunday, January 11, 2009
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- The Bryan House, 606 Main St., Conway.
Program:  
A discussion on the history of the City of Myrtle Beach by long time residents, Tempe Oehler and Billy Roberts.

Date - Sunday, October 12, 2008
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- Old Myrtle Beach Train Depot.
Program:  
A video about the history of Myrtle Beach will be shown.

Date - Sunday, July 13, 2008
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- Conway Library (meeting room), Main Street.
Program:  
Veronica Gerald will speak on the Gullah culture.

Date - Saturday, April 26, 2008
Time - 10:00 AM
Place - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Program -
Spring Tour 2008
We will meet at the Withers Memorial Cemetery near the junction of Wither Swash Drive and Collins Street in Myrtle Beach off of 3rd Ave. S. where IRQ editor Chyrel Stalvey will speak about the Withers and other early families of the area.

We will continue on to The Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center at 900 Dunbar Street , Myrtle Beach , SC (on the corner of Mr. Joe White Blvd. and Dunbar St .)

Parking is limited so unless you are severely handicapped please park around the corner at Mt. Olive AME Church at 1108 Carver St. and walk around to the school.

After the visit and presentation at the school we will return to the Mt. Olive Fellowship Hall for a presentation on the history of Sandy Grove Baptist Church and the Centennial of Mt. Olive AME Church followed by lunch in the fellowship hall.

Please bring a covered dish to share with other members of the society and guests. Drinks will be provided.

Date - Sunday, January 13, 2008
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- Conway Library (meeting room), Main Street.
Program -
Philip Vanderbilt Brady of Georgetown will speak at the 3 pm, January 13 meeting of HCHS at Conway Library. Brady has traveled extensively to research the Flagg and Alston families of 18th and 19th century Waccamaw Neck and will speak on their connections to his Vanderbilt ancestors, who purchased Arcadia Plantation more than a century ago. Brady's program will entertain and enlighten the audience as he relates details of these wealthy families who lived on Georgetown County rice plantations, some of whose descendants still live in this area. This meeting is free and open to the public.

Date - Sunday, September 30, 2007
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- Conway Library (meeting room), Main Street.
Program:  
Two new pictorial histories of the area will be presented:

AUTHORS SUSAN HOFFER MCMILLAN AND SELDEN BAKER “BUD” HILL WILL PRESENT MCCLELLANVILLE AND THE ST. JAMES, SANTEE PARISH , PULISHED IN DECEMBER 2006, AND MCMILLAN WILL ALSO PRESENT MYRTLE BEACH AND THE GRAND STRAND, THEN AND NOW , PUBLISHED IN AUGUST 2007. BOTH BOOKS WERE PUBLISHED BY ARCADIA PUBLISHING, THE COUNTRY'S LEADING PUBLISHER OF PICTORIAL HISTORIES. THE AUTHORS WILL NARRATE A SLIDE SHOW OF IMAGES FROM THEIR BOOKS, RELATING HISTORICAL FACTS ABOUT THE SITES.

MCMILLAN IS A CONWAY RESIDENT AND SERVES AS VICE PRESIDENT OF HORRY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA LOCAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES. SHE HAS WRITTEN FIVE PICTORIAL HISTORIES OF COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA , THREE OF WHICH FOCUS ON MYRTLE BEACH AND HORRY COUNTY . IN HER LATEST VOLUME, MCMILLAN CONTRASTS CURRENT GRAND STRAND LANDMARKS WITH EARLIER SAME-SITE STRUCTURES, EXPLAINING THE TRANSITION OF THESE PROPERTIES FROM THEIR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO THE MEGA-STRUCTURES DOMINATING THE STRAND TODAY.

HILL IS FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE ACCLAIMED VILLAGE MUSEUM IN MCCLELLANVILLE, A PICTURESQUE, CREEKSIDE TOWN SITUATED 60 MILES SOUTH OF CONWAY . HILL TRACES HIS MCCLELLANVILLE ANCESTRY TO THE TOWN'S ANTEBELLUM ROOTS. HE IS EDITOR AND A FREQUENT CONTRIBUTOR TO ORIGINS , THE VILLAGE MUSEUM 'S NEWSLETTER. THE MCCLELLANVILLE BOOK EXPLAINS THE TOWN'S HISTORIC PROPERTIES AND NEARBY PARISH PLANTATIONS, INCLUDING PROMINENT AREA RESIDENTS BEGINNING WITH THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. SEVERAL HORRY COUNTY FAMILIES MIGRATED TO MCCLELLANVILLE AND IMPACTED ITS HISTORY. WIDELY RECOGNIZED FOR ITS HISTORIC CHARACTER, MCCLELLANVILLE IS NOW SUPPORTED BY SEAFOOD INDUSTRIES.

Date - Sunday, July 8, 2007
Time - 3:00 PM
Place
- Conway Library (meeting room), Main Street.
Program -
“Obsolete Coins, Currency and Tokens of Horry County” will be discussed by Dr. Frank Sanders. Sanders is a local historian and retired optometrist who was instrumental in forming the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, precursor to the Horry County Museum . His program will offer viewers a glimpse of the county's past when timber and turpentine were its economic focus, and when Myrtle Beach was in its infancy.

Spring Tour 2007:
Date - Saturday, March 31, 2007

Time - 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Place - Meet at Yauhannh Bluff on Peedee River at 10 AM where Craig Sasser will discuss the history of the bluff and future plans for it. At 10:20 we will depart and head on to Mansfield Plantation on the Black River where Susan McMillan and Chris Boyle will give us a tour of the grounds and talk about archaeological research now going on there. At 12:30 we will head back up Hwy. 701 and pass by the ruins of old Prince Frederick Church, "old Gunn Church", on the Plantersville Road. We will go to Furman & Ann Long's home, on property that was once part of Guendalos Plantation, on the Pee Dee River where we will have a "box lunch" picnic. At 2:00 we depart and then stop at Prince Frederick's Chapel in Plantersville which has been carefully restored. If you would like a "box lunch", you must sign up and pay ahead of time. Be prepared for much walking at Mansfield. Click here for more information about the tour.

Date - Sunday, January 14, 2007
Time - 3:00 PM
Place - Conway Library - meeting room.
Program - Mr. James Vernon Epps, Curator of the Moore Memorial Museum in Lake City, will speak about the life of Gen. Francis Marion.
Pictures from the 1/14/07 meeting.

Date - Monday, October 16, 2006
Time - 7:00 PM
Place
- Meeting room at the new Conway Library on Main Street, Conway.
Program - Ben Burroughs will show a "powerpoint presentation" of historical sites in Conway. Afterwards, there will be a discussion on Revolutionary War activity in the Horry County area.

Spring Tour 2006:
Date - Saturday, June 10, 2006
Time - 10AM - 2PM
Place
- Little River area of Horry County, SC.
Pictures of Spring Tour 2006