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Conway

Located about 15 miles from the coast, Conway lies at a bend in the Waccamaw River that is the river's farthest inland reach. The city, first known as Kingston, has served as the seat of local government since Colonial Times.

Surveyed in 1732, Kingston opened to settlement in 1735. In 1801, in celebration of American Independence from England, local residents honored Revolutionary War heroes by renaming Kingston district as Horry County and the city as Conwayborough. Lots were sold and a small courthouse was built with court convening for the first time in 1803. Rivers and paddlewheel steamers were major transportation avenues at that time and Conway's location on the Waccamaw made it an important river "port" city. The coming of the railroad on December 5, 1887 allowed lumbermen easy transport to the Waccamaw for shipping worldwide and made the town even more of a commerce hub.

Shortened to Conway in 1883, the town incorporated in 1898 with an official population of 705. In 1899, the area's first tobacco auction warehouse opened and for nearly a century, tobacco would dominate Horry's agricultural economy. However, other events around the turn of the 20th century would change Conway's importance. The advent of the automobile made travel without boats or railroads possible making Conway's location as a river port less important. Also the beginnings of tourism to the beaches would eventually make Myrtle Beach the area's economic engine.

Today Conway takes great pride in its river town heritage and town officials work diligently to maintain its delightful small town feeling. They have preserved historic homes and buildings and promote them with tours along the city's tree-lined streets. The historic town clock at the corner of Main Street and Third Avenue serves as the landmark gateway to the courts and county administration buildings. Merchants have revitalized the business district by creating a lively downtown lined with artist ateliers and studios that celebrate the first Saturday of each month through Arts Walk open houses. A wooden boardwalk, marina and specialty restaurants celebrate the river and all combine to give Conway its own brand of tourism. The town remains the seat of county government with Horry County the major employer. Many professionals associated with the courts and government departments also call Conway home.

Conway offers residents the best of two worlds: a small town lifestyle - relaxed, warm, conscious of neighborhoods and schools and churches - yet the benefits of being able to take advantage of all a major beach resort has to offer.

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The Hoffman Group
9654 North Kings Hwy #101
Myrtle Beach, SC 29472
Phone: 1-877-671-5024

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