Surfside Beach, South Carolina
South Carolina Horry County Surfside Beach
In the 1800s, the area now known as Surfside Beach was called Ark Plantation. It produced rice, corn, peas, sweet potatoes, cattle, sheep, and pigs. The owner, John Tillman, died in 1865. His will does not list a wife or any children, and his heirs eventually sold off the land.
For some time the plantation house was used as an inn. It was later converted into a shelter for local lifeguards, but in 1960, it was torn down. In the early 1920s, developers from Columbia began to buy up lots, and by 1952 the area had taken its present name of Surfside Beach.
Surfside Beach was decimated by Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Undeterred, developers returned to the area and slowly transformed it from a quiet village with dirt roads and a few cottages into a popular place to vacation and retire.
Surfside Beach is located in Horry County. Myrtle Beach is the largest city near Surfside Beach. Here is a map of the Myrtle Beach area.
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