Top 10 Historical Attractions Near Myrtle Beach
While Myrtle Beach may be a fairly young city, the Grand Strand area is rich with history spanning back to the plantation days and even before that when the Native Americans were the only ones living off of the Carolina land.
Because the area is home to such rich history, it’s no surprise that the Grand Strand boasts a variety of historical sites that can be visited to this day. Because there are so many to choose from, we decided to narrow it down to a top 10 list of historical attractions in or near Myrtle Beach.
Historically known as Atalaya, this attraction is located in Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet. It was built from 1931 to 1933, designed by Archer Huntington. Atalaya served as a winter home of Archer and his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, who was a sculptor. Her sculptures can be seen throughout the botantical gardens across the street at Brookgreen Gardens. Atalaya Castle was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Guests can visit Atalaya Castle by purchasing admission to Huntington Beach State Park. The castle is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. unless there is a special event.
Brookgreen Gardens is a sprawling botantical/sculpture garden located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. It was founded in 1931 by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, but before it was founded as a public sculpture garden, the land served as a working plantation. Nowadays, locals and visitors to the Grand Strand flock to Brookgreen Gardens to see art, nature, and to learn about history with guided tours. Brookgreen is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
$1 Off Admission to Brookgreen Gardens
Georgetown, South Carolina is rich with history, as it is the third oldest city in all of South Carolina! Here, visitors will find a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as historical and cultural museums including the Georgetown County Museum, the Gullah Museum, the Kaminski House, the Rice Museum, and the South Carolina Maritime Museum. Those visiting Georgetown will also see plenty of beautiful old Southern-style homes.
Located in Georgetown, South Carolina, Hobcaw Barony is a 16,000 acre area that was purchased by business tycoon Bernard M. Baruch between 1905 and 1907 as a winter hunting retreat. His daughter, Belle W. Baruch, began purchasing pieces of the property from her father in 1936, and by 1956 she owned all of the land. When Belle died, the land was transferred to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation to preserve the land for natural and historical purposes. Today, visitors can visit the property and take a guided tour to learn all about the unique history of Hobcaw Barony.
Hopsewee Plantation was built as a plantation house in 1735 near Georgetown, South Carolina. It is famous for being the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr. who signed the Declaration of Independence. Hopsewee was a rice plantation up until the Civil War. Hopsewee was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971. Today, the house is a private residence, but it is open for public tours.
The Horry County Museum was opened in 1981 in Conway, SC. In 2014, the museum moved into the renovated Burroughs School from 1905, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum houses exhibits that focus on the history, pre-history, and natural history of Horry County. The museum opened the L.W. Paul Living History Farm in 2009. The farm allows visitors to see what life was like on a one-horse family farm from 1900-1955. The museum is free and open to the public.
Pawleys Island Historic District
The Pawleys Island Historic District is located on Pawleys Island and is comprised of 12 buildings dating from around 1780 to after World War I. Those driving through Pawleys Island will see these homes marked with plaques. These homes were built with the greatest degree of ventilation as well as large porches, brick foundations, large chimneys, fireplaces, breezeways, servant’s quarters, and more to help make these homes into summer retreats. This area of Pawleys Island was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
If you’ve ever been to Myrtle Beach, then chances are you’ve seen Peaches Corner down on Ocean Boulevard. Peaches Corner was opened in 1937 and has been serving delicious food to visitors ever since. The restaurant is still family owned and operated and has become a Myrtle Beach landmark over the years. Next time you’re in town, grab a burger or hot dog at Peaches Corner and become a part of Myrtle Beach history yourself!
Located at the Market Common, Warbird Park is a public area with monuments dedicated to the history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. This attraction features plaques, monuments, and authentic military aircrafts.