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Travel Tips For Myrtle Beach History: 7 Places to Visit For History Buffs on Vacation

By    |   Monday, 23 February 2015 11:32 PM

Great travel tips for the beautiful Myrtle Beach not only feature ideas for entertainment and excitement, but also include the rich historical South Carolina landmarks.

Here are seven places to see for visitors interested in history:

1. Portraits and exhibits at the South Carolina Hall of Fame at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center date back to the Revolutionary days and include eight of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Displays cover such diverse figures as jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, baseball figure "Shoeless" Joe Jackson of the infamous Black Sox scandal and Ronald McNair, the first African-American astronaut who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy in 1986.

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2. The Hopsewee Plantation house in nearby Georgetown is on the grounds of a former rice plantation. Now a national historic landmark, it was built in the 1700s and has remained remarkably restored over the years. Thomas Lynch Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in the house. Tours of the plantation are offered year round, and the Tea House offers lunch.

3. Brookgreen Gardens, another national historic landmark, is located about 10 to 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach. The decorative garden includes sculptures, flowers, fountains and giant oak trees that have stood for more than 200 years. A zoo on the former plantation features alligators, birds and other wildlife. Boat rides are also available through marshes.

4. History buffs would enjoy a Civil War cemetery placed within the Vereen Memorial Historical Gardens just north of Myrtle Beach on Highway 17. The 115 acre park includes trails and boardwalks through small islands and salt marshes. An observation deck expands over the waterway for a view of the wildlife refuge.

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5. Atalaya Castle in the Sand is actually a home, built in 1931 in Spanish style that resembles homes along the Mediterranean. The Huntington family donated it to the State of South Carolina in 1960 on property that is now the Huntington Beach State Park. Tours of the castle take visitors through 40,000 square feet of space out onto a courtyard of palmetto trees and wildflowers, and just a short walk through the sand dunes to the beach.

6. The Franklin G. Burroughs — Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum on South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach includes historical works from such famous artists as James Audubon and Ansel Adams. The 10 art galleries in a renovated beach cottage built in the 1920s offer views of a variety of art exhibits. There are also interactive and educational programs.

7. Travel tips for history lovers might also include the South Carolina Civil War Museum on Highway 17. The museum contains artifacts and collections found from the war by archaeology and historical research teams. Collections at the museum include weapons, firearms and cannon carriages from the period. Some of the artillery was used to support Confederate General Stonewall Jackson.

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