The Myrtle Beach Area is rich in history — so come be a part of it! Here is a sampling of some of the historic places to visit during your stay.
Atalaya National Historic Landmark
This historic brick castle encompasses nearly 40,000 square feet, and was recently named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Myrtle Beach Attractions. Located inside gorgeous Huntington Beach State Park, Atalaya was the winter home of Archer Huntington and his wife, sculptor Anna Huntington. Built in 1931 in the coastal Mediterranean style of architecture, it features 30 rooms, brick-lined hallways, iron-rod hurricane windows overlooking the ocean, an art studio and a courtyard filled with stately palmetto trees. Visitors can take self-guided tours of the grounds of this National historic landmark, before heading down the path to the beach. Mrs. Huntington donated the property, along with Brookgreen Gardens, to the state of South Carolina in 1960. Huntington Beach State Park is just south of Myrtle Beach in historic Murrells Inlet.
Established in 1927, Pine Lakes Country Club is considered the first golf course in Myrtle Beach. Originally built on natural dunes just a half-mile from the ocean, Pine Lakes was designed by Robert White, the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America and a co-founder of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. From the elegant southern architecture of the clubhouse to the back and front nine, fully renovated to it’s 1920’s glory, Pine Lakes stands out as “The Granddaddy” in an area that is home to some of the best golf courses in the world.
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Experience what life was like on a “one horse family farm” in South Carolina from 1900-1955 at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm in historic Conway, just a short drive from Myrtle Beach. Guests on this working farm will be able to observe activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms during that time period in history. Plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows, and harvesting crops are only a few of the demonstrations to see at the farm, which is part of the Horry County Museum of Southern Culture, Heritage and Natural Treasures.
Freewoods Farm is a 40-acre living farm museum replicating life on small family farms owned and operated by African Americans between 1865-1900 throughout the south. Authentic farm methods, tools, crops, animals, and buildings of the period are used to replicate life on the farm. Workers use mules and plows to cultivate, cook with wood, make syrup and soap, and harvest crops by hand. The farm consists of tilled fields, grazing land, and farm buildings of the period, such as the main farmhouse, a smokehouse, a tool shed, and livestock, tobacco and storage barns. There is also a Wetlands Preserve and a Main Street area. Freewoods Farm is located in the historic Burgess Community of Myrtle Beach, where local African American families established farms following the Civil War on abandoned lands known as the “free woods.”
Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens
This 115-acre park and designated wildlife refuge was also named one of USA Today’s 10 Best Myrtle Beach Attractions. The trails and boardwalks of Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens extend into the salt marshes, a Civil War cemetery, and the old homestead of the Vereens, one of the area’s founding families. Observe breath-taking natural scenery, birds and wildlife from the wide observation deck overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens can be found just north of Myrtle Beach in Little River.
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