Brookgreen Gardens – Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

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Brookgreen Gardens is one of South Carolina’s most beloved landmarks. Located just south of Murrells Inlet in Georgetown County, this historic sculpture garden and wildlife preserve is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike.

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Ralph Preston of Murrells Inlet, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The land that comprises Brookgreen Gardens was originally inhabited by the Waccamaw Indians, but was developed into four separate rice plantations in the 1700s: Brookgreen Plantation, Laurel Hill Plantation, Oaks Plantation, and Springfield Plantation.

Brookgreen Gardens Live Oaks

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In 1930, philanthropists Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased over 9,000 acres of land (including the former plantations) stretching from the Waccamaw River to the Atlantic Ocean.

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This purchase included the beachfront property that would later become Huntington Beach State Park. The beauty and history of the land prompted the Huntingtons to establish the first public sculpture garden in the United States.

Brookgreen Sculpture

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The heart of Brookgreen Gardens is the Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington Sculpture Garden, which boasts a collection of more than 1,400 works from over 350 world-famous artists. Many of the works were created by co-founder Anna Hyatt Huntington, who was a master sculptress and member of the National Sculpture Society. The sculpture garden was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

Brookgreen Gardens Pond and Olive Jar

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Brookgreen’s 1931 charter established it as “A Society for Southeastern Flora and Fauna,” and today you can observe a variety of animals in the garden’s zoo. In addition to native wildlife, such as river otters and fox squirrels, you can also see domestic animals common to colonial South Carolina, such as Red Devon Milking Cows and Tunis Sheep. The zoo also features several aviaries, a fox glade, a white-tailed deer savannah, and an alligator swamp.

Brookgreen Gardens Zoo

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Brookgreen Gardens Info

Address: 1931 Brookgreen Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Brookgreen Gardens, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

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2 Comments about Brookgreen Gardens

Virginia MacdonaldNo Gravatar says:
August 11th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

It was the most beautiful place I have visited. Archer and Anna were truly visionaries. What a legacy they have left to the world for thousands of people to enjoy. It would be a dream to live close to the BrookGreen Gardens.

Carolyn WheatonNo Gravatar says:
April 30th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I will never forget the beauty of all the grounds. When my daughter-in-law and I were leaving, we saw a squirrel with a white face, head, and tail. I have never seen anything so beautiful! My visit was a retirement gift from my son and daughter-in-law — something I will never forget.


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