Downtown Conway – Conway, South Carolina

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Conway, established in 1735 and originally called Kingston, serves as the county seat of Horry County, called Kingston County when it was formed in 1785. By 1801, both names had changed in response to our budding nation’s anti-monarchical mindset. Horry County was renamed in honor of Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry, while Conwayborough was renamed in honor of local resident Robert Conway. Conwayborough was shortened to Conway in 1883.


Benton Henry of Latta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Despite its prime location along the Waccamaw River, Conway was never a bustling trade stop along the shipping route from North Carolina to Georgetown, likely because little industry came from Conway other than timber. When 1887 brought a railroad stop to the town, commerce began to increase. By the end of the nineteenth century, tobacco fields were planted throughout Horry County and bright leaf tobacco became the city’s cash crop.

Downtown Conway

Benton Henry of Latta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Conway continued to see growth as a result of its tobacco fields, and when the Waccamaw Memorial Bridge was built in 1937 – connecting people from the mainland to Myrtle Beach – more people passed through the community, further boosting the economy. However, Myrtle Beach’s gain was Conway’s loss in terms of workforce, for as the resort community boomed, the bridge began to carry commuters away from Conway and towards its larger neighbor.

Today Coastal Carolina University, founded here in 1954 as a branch of the University of South Carolina, has returned people – and thus employment – to the city. Students, professors, and staff keep Conway thriving, while charming features such as an historic downtown and the Riverwalk make the community both a popular stop for travelers and a destination in itself.

Downtown Conway Info

Address: Main Street, Conway, SC 29526

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