Located just minutes from North Myrtle Beach, Little River dates back to the 18th century, and is the oldest village in Horry County. This unincorporated town is nestled between the Intracoastal Waterway to the east, and the Waccamaw River to the west. It is an area rich in history and steeped in legend — in fact, pirates such as William Kidd, Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, and Anne Bonney were known to frequent the area.
Little River has a number of historic southern homes featured on driving tour maps. This includes the Robert Livingston House (circa 1848), the James Ellis Sr. House (circa 1910), the First Methodist Church Parsonage (circa 1912), and the Jeremiah Vereen House (circa 1900). The Vereens are considered one of the First Families of South Carolina, having left France to settle in Charleston in 1680. In 1791, President George Washington passed through Little River and spent the night at the Vereen Plantation, owned by Jeremiah Vereen. Fort Randall (circa 1861-1865), the remains of a Confederate battery, is now also private homes. And while you can’t actually step inside these residences, a number of historical sites are open to visitors.
Parks and Gardens
The Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens is a small portion of a 400-acre plantation that has been in the Vereen family since the early 1800s. Jackson Hiram Vereen, who was born in Little River in 1882, deeded the property to the Horry County Historical Commission. This 114-acre tract of woodlands and salt marshes in Little River includes the historic Vereen Family Cemetery, which features Revolutionary war graves. The gardens also contain one of the few stretches of Kings Highway, dating back to the 1700s; to retain its original unpaved appearance. Frink’s Public Park, located off of Little River Neck Road, dates back to 1734. This Horry County Park honors the Frink family, early settlers of the “The Neck.”
If you are hungry, many of Little River’s restaurants are also tied to the past. The Parson’s Table Restaurant was formerly the Little River Methodist Church, built in 1885. Now an award-winning restaurant, The Parson’s Table still has the original clapboard pine siding exterior and hand-hewn heart pine floors, with the addition of stained glass windows and a large chandelier (originally in the Baptist Church of Mullins, South Carolina), and beveled glass over the doorway into the dining room (acquired from the White Mansion in Lumberton, North Carolina). The Brentwood Restaurant was built in 1910 in the Queen Anne style, with a large and elegant wrap around porch. Jasper’s Café was originally the McCorsely General Store built in 1910.
Little River will be hosting the 35th Annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival on May 14 and 15, 2016. This award-winning festival held on the waterfront showcases the atmosphere of this historic community. It is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast, with an annual attendance of more than 50,000. This year’s festival will feature approximately 300 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, entertainment and a children’s area. Best of all, blue crabs and other fresh, local seafood will be available for purchase from area restaurants.
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