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Myrtle Beach History: Five Must-See Spots

Myrtle Beach is an idyllic stretch of coastline boasting a rich heritage and culture. For travelers to the Grand Strand who are history buffs, there are five must-see spots that highlight the best of Myrtle Beach history.

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Atalaya Castle

Atalaya Castle
This Spanish style castle was built on the shores of the beach in 1931, close enough to hear waves crash and enjoy warm ocean breezes. Tours of Atalaya Castle, which was one home to Archer and Anna Huntington, take visitors through 40,000 square-feet of space with over 30 rooms and through a gorgeous courtyard filled with palm trees.  Guided hour-long tours are available or you can tour the castle solo-style. Both options are free, and maps are available to help guide your way.

Brookgreen Gardens
Brookgreen Gardens is a national historic landmark just 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The 450-acre sculpture and botanical garden is teeming with flora, fauna, wildlife, fountains and sprawling oak trees. You could easily spend multiple says exploring this stunning South Carolina setting, which is why their admission is valid for seven consecutive days.

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Brookgreen Gardens

Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Located on South Ocean Boulevard, the Burroughs – Chapin Art Museum is an easy-to-access piece of Myrtle Beach history. The renovated beach cottage, built in the 1920s, showcased the works of local artists as well as historical works from famous artists like Ansel Adams. Browse the 10 art galleries and gain insight into the local culture of Myrtle Beach.

Hopsewee Plantation
Travel to nearby Georgetown to visit Hopsewee Plantation. A former rice plantation built in the 1700s, Hopsewee is a national historic landmark that has remained in almost-perfect condition over years. Step back in time as you tour the homestead and be sure to make time for lunch at the Tea House.

South Carolina Civil War Museum
South Carolina was a key component of the Civil War, and that history is on full display at the South Carolina Civil War Museum, View artifacts and collections found through archaeological and historical research. Displays cover weapons, firearms, cannon carriages and more. An additional stop for Myrtle Beach history buffs is the Civil War Cemetery just north of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17. The 115-acre memorial park has boardwalks, trail, observation deck, salt marshes and is a place for quiet reflection.

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