The 900 acres of the Mansfield plantation, which now serve as a bed and breakfast on the southern outskirts of Georgetown, produced more than 6,000 barrels of rice a year during colonial times, planted and harvested by 125 slaves. Henry Woodard in 1685, the plantation continuously modernized its operation until the beginning of the 20th century, when a new owner converted it into a hunting club. Guided tours are by appointment only. With 70 cultural sites, including 37 buildings and structures that represent rice cultivation during the 18th and 19th centuries, Hobcaw Barony offers one of the richest historical experiences in the area.
Some of these historic estates have been preserved, restored and renovated and are still standing as evidence of the agricultural glory of yesteryear. Located on Market Common, Warbird Park is a public area with monuments dedicated to the history of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. While Myrtle Beach may be a fairly young city, the Grand Strand area is rich in history that dates back to the plantation days and even earlier, when Native Americans were the only ones living on Carolina land. Located inside the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, South Carolina celebrities include Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, musicians, sports figures and even signers of the Declaration of Independence.
While the building suffered significant damage in times of war and climate disasters, it has been reconstructed and remains an important historical focal point. As the property never deteriorated, it didn't need any restoration before it became a historic landmark. Learn about Myrtle Beach's musical history when you visit Charlie's Place, a nightclub in the heart of Myrtle Beach. If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach, you've most likely seen Peaches Corner on Ocean Boulevard.
Although their operations were much smaller than large plantations, they are equally historically important to the history of coastal South Carolina. Today, locals and visitors to Grand Strand flock to Brookgreen Gardens to see art, nature and learn about history with guided tours. Anna Hyatt Huntington, the famous sculptor, and her husband Archer founded the Brookgreen Gardens in 1931, including the museum, just 10 miles south of Myrtle Beach. In addition, the Myrtle Beach area has several historic sites, including national monuments and national parks with rich backgrounds.
Among the majestic oaks, foliage, flowers and sculptures are trails and waterways that lead to the remains of 19th century rice plantations, historic cemeteries, Civil War sites, and more.