South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union, but it was also the last state to rejoin the Union after the Civil War. Reconstruction in the state was marked by violence and political turmoil.
Horry County, located in the northeastern corner of South Carolina, has a rich history that stretches back thousands of years. The area was originally home to Native American tribes such as the Waccamaw, Winyah, and Pee Dee. European settlers began to arrive in the 18th century, with English, Scottish, and Irish immigrants establishing plantations along the Waccamaw River.

During the American Revolutionary War, Horry County played a significant role. Local militia units, led by figures like General Peter Horry, fought against British forces in battles such as the Battle of Black Mingo and the Battle of Waccamaw. Following the war, Horry County was officially established in 1801 and named after General Peter Horry in recognition of his military service.

In the decades that followed, Horry County's economy focused primarily on agriculture and timber, with rice being a major crop. The introduction of the railroad in the late 19th century brought further economic growth to the area. The county's population increased significantly during this time, as more people moved to the area to take advantage of the opportunities.

In the 20th century, Horry County experienced a shift towards tourism as a major industry. The construction of roads and bridges, including the iconic Conway Bypass and the Conway Bridge, made the area more accessible to visitors. Today, Horry County is most famous for its beautiful beaches, vibrant entertainment scene, and numerous golf courses, attracting millions of tourists each year and contributing significantly to the local economy.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Horry County, South Carolina.

  • 1730s - The area that would become Horry County is settled by European colonists.
  • 1801 - Horry County is officially established and named after General Peter Horry, a Revolutionary War hero.
  • 1861-1865 - Horry County residents support the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  • 1887 - The town of Conway is incorporated as the county seat of Horry County.
  • 1898 - The Galveston Hurricane devastates the coastal areas of Horry County.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression impacts Horry County's economy, leading to increased poverty and government assistance programs.
  • 1940s-1950s - Horry County experiences significant population growth due to the construction of military bases and an increase in tourism.
  • 1963 - Horry County establishes its first public school district.
  • 1976 - The Myrtle Beach Pavilion amusement park opens, becoming a popular tourist attraction.
  • 1989 - Hurricane Hugo strikes Horry County, causing widespread destruction and loss of life.
  • 2000s - Horry County continues to grow rapidly, attracting retirees and tourists to its beaches and golf courses.