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Conway was established in 1732 as Kingston, the principal seat of Kingston Township, but was renamed in honor of local politician Robert Conway, who distinguished himself in war service under the heroic "Swamp Fox," Francis Marion, following the American Revolution. Situated where Kingston Lake joins the Waccamaw River, Conway was originally isolated by wetlands and developed slowly, primarily supported by subsistence farmers in surrounding Horry County. Lacking the tidal rivers of remaining coastal South Carolina, area residents harvested turpentine and timber, improved transportation via steamboats and trains, and cultivated tobacco and tourism as the 20th century spawned nearby Myrtle Beach. Today, Conway reveres its 1825 Robert Mills Courthouse anchoring a picturesque downtown highlighted by moss-draped live oaks and a Main Street bridge beckoning visitors to frequent festivals, live theatre, and a scenic river walk.
ISBN: 9781467112819
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: South Carolina
Series: Images of America
Images: 228
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Historian Susan Hoffer McMillan is a former tour guide for the City of Conway, where she has lived all of her adult life. She pursues her passion for Conway's past through photographic images, paper ephemera, and archaeology. McMillan's sixth Arcadia Publishing title depicts Conway and nearby locales from the 1890s through the 1960s.
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