Myrtle Beach, S.C.

42. Historical Sites & Plantations

Historical Sites & Plantations

Located just south of the Grand Strand, South Carolina’s Lowcountry is one of the most scenic and history-rich regions in the country. And while Myrtle Beach is not technically part of the Lowcountry, it’s just a short drive away from some of the area’s most unique cultural gems. The best part is that, if you plan it out right, you can experience several of the region’s attractions in one day trip, and still have time to enjoy a great Lowcountry meal for dinner. These sites are must-see’s for anyone interested in American and Southern history.

Brookgreen Gardens

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Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most popular attractions along the Grand Strand, and for good reason. This beautiful sculpture/botanical garden is situated on the land of a once-working rice plantation. After plantation days were over, Brookgreen Gardens was founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in 1931 and is a designated National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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Cap'n Rod's Lowcountry Tours

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Take a Plantation River Tour with the guidance of Lowcountry native Capt. Rod Singleton. The tour winds past old plantation mansions, abandoned rice fields and live oaks. Capt. Rod will entertain and delight with tales of history, legends and personal anecdotes on this fun and educational tour.

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Hobcaw Barony

Set on 16,000 acres of land, this historic site is home to the former winter retreat of Wall Street financier and presidential advisor Bernard Baruch. The property is now used as a nature preserve, but the caretakers also offer tours of the old mansion, the 19th Century slave village, and a 1,800 square-foot Discovery Center, where visitors can learn about the area’s rich natural habitat.

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Hopsewee Plantation

A visit to this Revolutionary War-era plantation is a step back in time like no other in the area. Preserved but not restored, the original brick and black Cypress house (circa 1735) still stands on the grounds. Visitors can also take a stroll through the natural grounds where plenty of moss-covered live oaks add to the serene sense of history that the plantation offers.

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The Rice Museum

Here’s a little-known fact — in 1840, Georgetown produced almost half of the American rice crop. In fact, the region’s output was vital not only to the rest of the colonies, but to other countries as well. In addition to the permanent collection and rotating exhibits that feature the works of local artists, the Museum is also home to the Browns Ferry Vessel – the oldest vessel on display in the nation.


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Atalaya is a former castle that is located at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The castle served as a winter home for Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, founders of Brookgreen Gardens. 

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