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Conway, South Carolina

South Carolina Horry County Conway

Strategically located on the Waccamaw River, Conway was one of the earliest settled towns in South Carolina. Europeans settlers received land grants in the area from the Lord Proprietors from the late 1600s through early 1700s. In 1730, Governor Robert Johnson included the town as part of his plan to establish 11 townships in the state.

In 1732, the town was officially "marked out" and named Kingston in honor of England's King George II. The town's original plat was drawn two years later and Kingston formally opened for settlement in 1735.

During the Revolutionary War, Francis Marion's troops operated out of hidden camps in the surrounding woods. Using the river and traveling paths through thick forests, they were able to confound the British by seeming to appear from and vanish back into the swamp as if by magic.

The name Kingston no longer seemed a good fit after the war so the town was renamed Conwayborough for the American General Robert Conway. Since it was centrally located, Conwayborough was selected as the county seat for Horry County in 1801. The name was shortened to Conway in 1883.

Its location on the river is still important to Conway today. Visitors enjoy strolling the Conway Riverwalk along the Waccamaw River which continues to connect the city to its historic past.

Myrtle Beach is the largest city near Conway. Here is a map of the Myrtle Beach area.

(Special thanks to Ben Burroughs for providing historical information about Conway.)

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