Just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach, you’ll find Socastee, a small coastal community that is steeped in Southern history. In this town, you’re just a short drive away from all the big attractions that the Grand Strand has to offer, but Socastee feels a million miles away, with a small residential community, a handful of stores and restaurants, and a lovely historic district that’s ripe for exploring.
The town of Socastee was first founded around 1711, and developed as a turpentine and tar producer and distributer throughout the 1800s. In 2002, Socastee landed on the national map as their central attraction, The Socastee Historic District which is located directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.
The district has three contributing buildings, one site, and one additional structure. These include a metal swing bridge, the primary form of transportation to and from the area for decades, two houses, one store and a pecan grove. These landmarks are some of the few remaining intact examples of post-Civil War development.
The buildings, The Samuel S. Sarvis House, The Thomas B. Cooper House, and “The store.” All three buildings date back well over 100 years.
Both visitors and residents will love the small town appeal, combined with proximity to the Grand Strand’s biggest locales, like Myrtle Beach, Garden City Beach, and Murrel’s Inlet. For a little more history, folks in Socastee can even take a day trip to Charleston, South Carolina, which is located just a couple hours south of the Grand Strand.
For a charming historical town, that’s a stone’s throw from bustling Myrtle Beach, Socastee is the perfect little getaway.