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Horry County, South Carolina

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  • Charles Dow Hamilton (1911 - 1946)
    Died from gunshot wound from Magistrate who was called to the home due to Charles disturbing the peace with his neighbors. Chronicled in State Newspaper article on Find a Grave.
  • Francis Guy Hamilton, Jr. (1935 - 2014)
    From Francis Guy Hamilton, Jr., 78, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. Services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel with burial i...
  • Sylba Hamilton Byrd (1936 - 2018)
    From Daughter of William Earle and Hilda Shelley Grainger. Sylba married (1) Francis Guy Hamilton, and (2) Robert Sherrell Byrd. MULLINS - Mrs. Sylba Grainger Byrd died on December 28, 2018 in Eliza...
  • Hilda Madaline Grainger (1920 - 1996)
    From NICHOLS -- Hilda Shelley Grainger, 75, died Friday, May 24, 1996, at Mullins Hospital after an illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Horry County, a daughter of the late Burn and Dessie Shell...

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Official Website

Horry County (pronounced O'Ree) was created from Georgetown District in 1801. At this time, the county had an estimated population of 550. Isolated by the many rivers and swamps typical of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the area essentially was surrounded by water, forcing its inhabitants to survive without much assistance from the "outside world". This caused the county residents to become an extremely independent populace, and they named their county "The Independent Republic of Horry". The county was named after, and in honor of, Revolutionary War hero Peter Horry who was born in South Carolina around 1743. Horry started his military career in 1775 as one of 20 captains, elected by the Provincial Congress of South Carolina, to serve the 1st and 2nd Regiments. In 1790, he was assigned to the South Carolina militia under Brigadier General Francis Marion

The population has increased more than fourfold since 1970 as the area has become a destination for retirees and people owning second homes. It has been developed for resorts and retirement communities.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Towns

  • Atlantic Beach
  • Aynor
  • Briarcliff Acres
  • Conway (County Seat)
  • Loris
  • Myrtle Beach
  • North Myrtle Beach
  • Surfside Beach

Other Communities: Adrian, Allsbrook, Baxter Forks, Bayboro, Brooksville, Buck Forest, Bucksport, Burgess, Carolina Forest, Causey, Cedar Branch, Cherry Grove Beach, Chestnut Hill, Cool Spring, Crescent Beach, Daisy, Dog Bluff, Dongola, Duford, Fantasy Harbor, Forestbrook, Finklea, Floyds Crossroads, Galivants Ferry, Garden City (part), Glass Hill, Goretown, Green Sea, Gurley, Hand, Hammond, Hickory Grove, Homewood, Horry, Howard, Ingram Beach, Jordanville, Ketchuptown, Klondike, Konig, Little River, Little Town, Live Oak, Longs, Mt. Calvary, Mt. Olive, Nixonville, Nixons Crossroads, Ocean Drive Beach, Pee Dee Crossroads, Pine Island, Playcards, Polecat Landing, Poplar, Red Bluff, Red Hill, Socastee, Stephens Crossroads, Shell, Springmaid Beach, Toddville, Wampee, Windy Hill Beach and Worthams Ferry



Horry County Plantations

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places

Waccamaw Nat'l Wildlife Refuge (part)

For quick reference:

Horry was originally part of colonial Craven County, Then it was part of George Winyah (1722), Prince Frederick (1734) and All Saints (1767) parishes. The area became part of Georgetown District in 1769 and given its present-day boundaries and named Kingston County in 1785. In 1801, it was renamed Horry District and in 1868, Horry County. (Source - SC Historical Marker)


  • Little River
  • Simpson Creek
  • Dogwood Neck
  • Green Sea
  • Floyds
  • Bayboro
  • Galivants Ferry
  • Dog Bluff
  • Bucks
  • Conway
  • Socastee