Horry County Museum is the center of your Horry County learning experience

12/18/2013  | 

Your visit to Horry County should include the Horry County Museum, which recently opened its new location in the Historic Burroughs School building, 805 Main Street in Conway.

The newly renovated and larger facility has allowed the museum to provide bigger exhibits, more nationally recognized traveling exhibits, and public programming in the auditorium.

  • Photography — a changing gallery that currently features local photographer Jack Thompson. 
  • Textiles — another changing gallery that highlights historic sewing machines, washing machines, quilts and costumes. 
  • A gallery in honor of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with items from the South Carolina Museum and the 7th South Carolina Infantry reenactment group. 
  • A reconstructed waddle and daub Native American house with artifacts from the area. 
  • Natural History — showcasing native animals including black bears, birds of prey, fossils, and alligators. 
  • Grand Strand — An area that tells the story of the 20th Century Grand Strand and our tourism culture.
  • Military History — This exciting new area features a camp similar to Peter Horry’s campaign tent as well as relics of life from the Civil War and the history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. 
  • Agriculture and Industry — Illustrates the progression of agriculture from naval stores and turpentine to logging and eventually tobacco cultivation in Horry County. 
  • Open Storage — A home for artifacts that are fascinating but not a part of the themed galleries.   

The Historic Burroughs School, constructed between 1905 and 1909, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Your trip should also include a visit to the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, where your students will experience what life was like on the “One Horse Family Farm” in Horry County from 1900-1955.

Larry Paul, a local businessman with a rich farming heritage in Horry County, offered to fund the construction of a family farm to depict farm and domestic life in Horry County from 1900-1955. Mr. Paul’s vision was to provide Horry County and the museum with a facility to educate future generations about life in Horry County during the first half of the 20th century. In 2006, Horry County Council designated 17 acres of land for use by the Horry County Museum as the L. W. Paul Living History Farm.

Visitors to the farm will have the opportunity to sample the everyday life of a Horry County farm family living during this era. Guests on this working farm will be able to observe and participate in activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms. Plowing with mules, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing, curing meat, preserving vegetables, milking cows, and harvesting crops are only a few hands on activities the farm plans to offer.

Events at the farm change with the seasons so contact them prior to your visit to see what’s happening there. As the farm year progresses events and demonstrations change to interpret the activities that take place on the farm annually.

Farm hours are Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 to 4:00. The farm is located at 2279 Harris Shortcut Rd, the corner of Harris Short Cut Rd. and Hwy 701 N. in Conway, S.C.The Horry County Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday except on county holidays. For more information, contact the Horry County Museum at (843)915-5320.
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