Venture off the Grand Strand coastline, cross the bridge over the Waccamaw River and you will discover the treasure of Conway, one of the oldest cities in the country, with a birthdate of 1732.
Conway boasts graceful streets lined with lovely, moss-draped live oaks and southern plantation homes – a must-visit or picturesque place to call home. As the county seat of Horry County, Conway’s historic district and revitalized downtown area offer plenty of business connections and quaint café or pub dining, plus it serves as an educational center in Horry County as the home to Horry County School’s district office, Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
Conway’s past has been proudly preserved in an historic site trail map listing 39 historic sites, significant buildings and churches, and distinctive homes. Seventeen of these sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Conway is also recognized as a City of Character and Tree City USA.
In addition to the historic trail, you can stroll along the Riverwalk to take in the scenic Waccamaw River and Riverfront Park, located at the end of the Riverwalk, a peaceful spot for picnics or carefree fun for the kids on the playground. Rent a kayak at the park and explore Conway by water. As a cultural hub, Conway also hosts a lineup of working art studios scattered throughout the downtown’s historic district – from painting galleries to glass-blowing classes. Discover the treasures of Horry County by taking in an exhibit at the Horry County Museum. Take in a live theatre production in the Old Main Street Theater or Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium.
Any way you to decide to visit Conway or route you take while you’re here, you’ll be enamored by the city’s pleasant surroundings and may just want to plant your family tree in this historic city.