Plantations and the Past in Myrtle Beach

Enjoy the wonders and fun while exploring our history.

Almost everybody who visits the Grand Strand, from North Myrtle Beach south to Pawley’s Island knows about our magnificent beaches, challenging championship golf courses, excellent restaurants, exciting entertainment, and fantastic family fun. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There’s more!

Our area has a rich history that is often overlooked. There are scores of plantations dating back to before the Revolutionary War. Agriculture was king! Rice, indigo, and tobacco were primary exports and were grown all through the area. Many plantations had abundant river frontage and the wetlands were cleared and converted to rice fields. As you cruise the Intracoastal Waterway today, you’ll still see remnants of the old rice fields. The plantation names evoke visions of centuries past – Annandale, Arcadia, Beneventum, Chicora Wood, Friendfield, Winyah and more.

Some have been transformed into upscale golf courses and resorts. You may even see foundations of old outbuildings and graveyards as you ride the fairways at Caledonia, True Blue, Litchfield, Willbrook, and Heritage Plantations. Some, like Hopsewee Plantation, offer tours to the public. Located on the Pee Dee River south of Georgetown, it is considered a preservation rather than a restoration since the condition of its house was never permitted to lapse. Hopsewee was established in 1740 and is definitely worthy of consideration for a day trip.

The most visited plantation is Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet. Made up of four former plantations – Brookgreen, Springfield, Laurel Hill, and The Oaks – Brookgreen Gardens is today a National Historic Landmark. The garden’s outdoor setting has the most extensive collection of figurative sculpture by American artists in the world. You'll also find an accredited zoo, a low-country trail, historic exhibits, and archeological sites open for visitors to explore.

Oops... time to close. It's Friday and getting close to five o'clock. See more about history treks at the beach on our website’s vacation themes section.

Best of Myrtle Beach (5/14 - 6/6)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (May 14th - June 6th, '10)

Absolutely wonderful weather this May - forecast highs for the coming weekend in the mid-80s and lots of sunshine. I suggest taking a well-deserved break from the norm and plan to boogie on down to the beach. There's a ton of fun stuff going on and we'll even save you a bundle on some fantastic lodging. Why stay in a little hotel room when you can have a spacious home or luxury oceanfront condo instead? We have plenty of choices available for 30% OFF... and we're offering the first 100 Facebook Fan reservations an extra 10% OFF. Pack your shorts, tee shirts and sandals and call us today for a great deal on a beach vacation today!

Some of our suggestions for upcoming fun events include:
~ Harley-Davidson "Cruisin' the Coast" Rally, Now through May 16th... listen to the low rumble of the Harleys and check out the vendor booths & tents. No events in Myrtle but riders are welcome in North Myrtle Beach and on the south end.
~ 29th Annual Blue Crab Festival, May 15th & 16th... on the waterfront in historic Little River, SC is always a top choice for spring festival fun. Sample great local seafood and enjoy concerts, dancing, entertainment and festivities. Live music by the Craig Woolard Band, Too Much Sylvia, the Fantastic Shakers, and Jim Quick & Coastline.
~ Hot Concerts in the Music Hall at the House of Blues... the Marshall Tucker Band on May 14th and Travis Tritt on the 15th.
~ Myrtle Beach SUN-FUN Festival, June 4th & 5th... Come out to Grand Park at Market Common for the 59th Annual SUN-FUN Festival and enjoy live music concerts, a parade, pageant, food, arts & crafts vendors, and lots more. A FREE family-friendly event.
~ Sounds of Summer Festival, May 21st... Enjoy an evening with family and friends listening to live music, picnicking and playing in the safe and fun environment of beautiful McLean Park. Bring a beach chair, blanket, food and non-alcoholic beverages. The North Strand Optimist Club will provide food and drinks for sale. May 21st will feature the country sounds of Tim Hall & Buffalo Country. FREE Admission to this family-friendly North Myrtle Beach event.
~ Dixie Chicken Fishing Funament, May 29th... Compete for money and prizes in various categories in these annual fishing tournaments.
~ Baseball at the Beach, May 25th - 30th... The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves' "A" Team, has a home stand against Lynchburg Hillcats and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Myrtle Beach Rates High as a Traveler's Choice

It's Official. They Like Us!

According to TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice 2010 Rankings... Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is:

#1 - Top Ten Beach & Sun Destinations in the U.S.A.

#5 - Top Ten Beach & Sun Destinations in the World.

#7 - Top Ten Family Destinations in the U.S.A.

The Myrtle Beach area's "Grand Strand" is a sixty mile wide stretch of coastal fun from Little River on the north to Georgetown on the south end. It includes the beachside communities & towns of North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Garden City, Murrell's Inlet, Litchfield Beach, and Pawley's Island. You'll find gently sloping beaches, inlets and creeks, salt marshes and estuaries, rivers and waterways, and countless visually stunning views.

Our area boasts of nearly 100 championship golf courses by such famed designers as Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones, Dan Maples, Rees Jones, Clyde Johnston, and Tim Cate. There are scores of signature courses by top PGA legends - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Davis Love III, Greg Norman, John Daly, Raymond Floyd and more.

There are hundreds of fine restaurants where you can feast on local Carolina shrimp & seafood, steaks, chops and ribs, and just about every ethnic cuisine you can imagine - from Thai to Romulan. Buffets with "All you can eat" specials, sports grills, 4-Star restaurants, cafes and delicatessens... all within a few minutes drive.

World class entertainment will light up your nights! There are exciting shows nightly at Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry, Celebrity Concerts at the House of Blues and at Alabama Theatre, dinner shows at the Dixie Stampede and Medieval Times, and dancing fun at the clubs of Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square.

Come visit soon and see what you've been missing. Reserve soon for now - June 19th and get 30% OFF... 40% OFF for the next Facebook fan bookings!