Galivants Ferry – Marion County, South Carolina

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This shot of east-bound US 501 was taken from the boat landing on the Marion County side of the Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry.

Ben Lawson of Aynor © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Long an important river crossing, the community of Galivants Ferry is named after Richard Gallevan, the man who was granted ferry rights in 1792. Always a rural and somewhat isolated community in western Horry County, Galivants Ferry is best known today as the site of the Galivants Ferry Stump, a biannual political rally for the Democratic Party faithful.

When it began in 1876, the Galivants Ferry Stump was an opportunity for locals to hear candidates speak, which they did while standing on a tree stump so they could be seen and heard by the crowd. This practice is the origin of what everyone knows today to be a “stump speech.”

Candidates still come to Galivants Ferry and locals still gather along with prominent Democrats from the state and nation. In 2006, Joe Biden was the keynote speaker for the event. Candidates now make their speeches from the porch of a country store.

Bucking the trend in which political events strive to employ the most up-to-the-minute media technology, the decidedly low-tech atmosphere at the Galivants Ferry Stump remains a blend of carnival and church picnic, complete with plenty of food, music, and balloons – plus lots of hand-shakin’, back-slappin’, and baby kissin’.

Galivants Ferry Info

Address: US Highway 501, Galivants Ferry, SC 29544

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3 Comments about Galivants Ferry

Keith Edwards says:
February 25th, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Galivants Ferry, SC is NOT in Marion County, it is in Horry County, SC.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 25th, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Hello, Keith! Yes, the community of Galivants Ferry is indeed in Horry County, as mentioned beneath the photo. However, this photo was taken from the Marion County access point. Sorry for the confusion!

Harrison FordNo Gravatar says:
November 4th, 2013 at 11:10 am

I visited the boat landing this weekend and was wondering if it has a name. I was trying to look it up in SCDNR to monitor the tide, typical to the Big Pee Dee, but was unable to gather any info. So, if someone can give me this info, I would appreciate it. Lovely, peaceful area to fish and just sightsee.


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