Housed in the Old Burroughs School located at the corner of 9th Ave. and Main in historic Conway, S.C., the Horry County Museum features a variety of local and regional exhibits.
Loggers and Locomotives Exhibit
One hundred years ago, logging consisted of a physical struggle between men and animals and the natural environment.
The abundant timber stands of the Coastal Plain encouraged the early industry of logging even though the swampy lowlands which interspersed the county proved a formidable obstacle for the loggers. Crews of 20 to 50 men worked long and arduous hours bringing the lumber to the mill. Operations would set up camp in a heavily forested area and remove timber until the supply was depleted or until transportation became too costly. Until railways were built to transport logs, camps were situated with access to major waterways where logs were rafted together and floated to the mill.
Native Americans of the Coastal Plain Exhibit
The first people of Horry County arrived centuries before the first European set foot on this continent. Their life-styles changed throughout the ages in accordance with the changing climate and resources but their heritage remains an invaluable contribution to our lives today.
The first people to inhabit the coastal plain of South Carolina were the Paleo hunters who followed the herds of mastodon and other large game onto the marshy coastlands. It may have been as long as 20,000 years ago that these first peoples made their camp fires, sang their songs, nursed the sick and buried their dead next to the beach we now call the Grand Strand.
The Southeastern Woodland cultures dominated the Coastal Plain of South Carolina for 1200 years and it is the remains of this culture that are most prominently found in the form of pottery remains. The pottery of the Woodland people was usually tempered with crushed rock or grit instead of vegetable fibers and was finished with several characteristic surface decorations.
Spectacular New Aquarium
While you’re at the Museum, you’ll want to see the amazing new aquarium that’s built under (and within) the museum’s spiral staircase. This 22,000 gallon aquarium contains local species of freshwater fish. Its design and installation are so unusual that they are the subject of an episode of the Animal Planet Network hit TV show Tanked.
The Horry County Museum was created by an ordinance of Horry County Council in 1979 and opened in March of 1981 on the corner of 5th Ave. and Main Street at the old Conway Post Office building built in 1935. The museum moved to its new location in November of 2013 and is currently located on the corner of 9th Ave. and Main Street in the old Burroughs School, which was built in 1905. The museum is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
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