Nathan E. Hardwick was prominent when what is now Main Street and Highway 9 Business was a trail leading to the Waccamaw River. His home was located two miles east of Loris at what is today known as Hardwick's Crossroads. The home was always open to travelers seeking accommodation while on their way to or from the river or beach in their covered wagons.
In 1884 Mr. Hardwick was a Federal Election Commissioner for Loris. In 1900 he was a state and county election manager serving together with Y.P. McQueen and H.H. Burroughs.
Mr. Hardwick helped to establish the first tobacco warehouse in Loris in 1903 and was a stockholder. In 1906 he helped to establish the second warehouse. In 1922 he helped to establish Peoples Hardware and Funeral Home. At one time he had a turpentine business. He was best known, however, as a surveyor. A great number of maps recorded in Loris carry the signature N.E. Hardwick, Surveyor.
The Horry County News said in 1937: "Mr. Nathan E. Hardwick of Loris is one of the county's oldest esteemed citizens. Mr. Hardwick recently had a birthday reunion celebrating his 86th birthday. All of his seven children were present for the occasion. Their names are as follows: Mrs. Florence Gore, Mrs. Mary Cox, Mrs. Ruth Rhodes of Estill, Dan W. Hardwick, Perley L. Hardwick, Clifford Hardwick and Jennings W. Hardwick.
Mr. Hardwick is one of the few citizens living who can relate the story of the advancement and progress of Loris from the time the present Loris was nothing but a desolate forest of pines."
The seven children who were at his birthday party are buried around him in the family plot.
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