Horry County Trivia
- “Horry” is a French surname, and is pronounced “ O-Ree' ”.
- The nickname “The Independent Republic” can be traced back to Robert Barnwell Rhett, a prominent Charlestonian, who was pushing for secession in 1852. He tried to convert SC State Senator Benjamin Gause of Marion District to his position. Gause, a Whig and a Unionist, would not budge. Rhett, erroneously believing that Gause was a Senator form Horry District snapped “We’ll make the Little Pee Dee River the border and let you have your "Damned Independent Republic.” Gause was so amused that he started to refer to Horry District as the "Independent Republic." Apparently Gause told Horry District Judge James Beaty the story, who was also amused, and the story gradually spread. The nickname referred to political independence of what Barnwell thought was Horry District but was really Marion District.
- Horry County contains 1,143 square miles, making it the largest county in land area in South Carolina.
- An interesting geological formation called bays is found in Horry. These oval thickets have sandy rims, southwest-northeast axes, and no outlets. The water they collect drains through the soil. The Carolina bays are the habitat of the Venus flytrap and other rare species. Explanations for these formations range from meteor showers to underground streams but the debate as to their origin continues.
- In early days, ships from all over the world sailed up and down the Waccamaw River, which was the main access to the interior.
- Bucksville, located on the Waccamaw River in Horry County, was at one time during the second half of the nineteenth century the third largest port in South Carolina.
- Television personality Vanna White is a native of Horry County.
- For whom or what was Myrtle Beach named? Wax myrtle shrub
- In what year did Burroughs & Collins Co. sell land to the Woodside Brothers of Greenville, SC on which to build a resort called Arcadia? 1926
- What were the chief products of Horry County in the 19th century? Naval stores and timber
- What towns voted to become North Myrtle Beach? Cherry Grove Beach, Ocean Drive Beach, Crescent Beach and Windy Hill Beach
- What was the first town in Horry not located on a navigable stream? Loris
- What architect, trained by Thomas Jefferson, is credited with the design of Conway's City Hall? Robert Mills
- What steamship line operated the greatest number of paddlewheel steamers on the Waccamaw River? Waccamaw Line of Steamers
- Where is Robert Conway, for whom Conway is named, buried? No one knows
- Where is the SC Hall of Fame located? Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach Convention Center
- Where did the shag originate? Ocean Drive "O.D."
- What well know local businessman lived at Snow Hill after the War Between the States? F. G. Burroughs
- When and where were ceremonies held to officially open the Intracoastal Waterway? Socastee, April 11, 1936
- What was the largest sailing ship constructed in Horry County? Henrietta, built in Bucksville
- When was the village of Conwayborough first incorporated as a town ? 1855
- What natural disaster occurred in 1886 which caused many citizens to turn to religion. Earthquake centered at Charleston
- What section of the Grand Strand has been called "The Black Pearl"? Atlantic Beach
- Where can you see a boundary marker between North and South Carolina, that also marks the homesite of Francis Marion's brother, Isaac Marion? The former Marsh Harbor Golf Course near Calabash
- What early Horry County community was sometimes called Mineola? Little River
- What fortification in Horry was captured by "Lincoln's Commando", Comd. W. B. Cushing? Fort Randall, at Tilghman Point
- Who was George Washington's host on April 17, 1791? Mr. Vereen
- What is the "Little Golden Town"? Aynor
- Where is the Hampton Oak? Main St. & Fifth Ave., Conway
- What was the first named hurricane to devastate the Grand Strand? Hazel
- What landmark building was destroyed Friday the 13th of September, 1974? Ocean Forest Hotel
- What is the oldest golf course in Horry County? Pine Lakes, formerly known as the Ocean Forest Country Club
- Where was the bombing range used by the US Army Air Corps to train pilots and crews during World War II? Chiefly between Hwy 90 and Hwy 17
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