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Myrtle Beach Hotels Back in the Day

With an estimated 14 million visitors each year, Myrtle Beach is a major tourist destination. According to the 2010 census, our area has more than 10,000 rooms for tourists to lay their sunburned bodies each night.

I thought you may like to know a little bit about the first hotels and how the tourists of yesteryear got here.

Myrtle Beach’s first hotel was the Seaside Inn, built in 1901 at a cost of $3,813 for materials and labor? At first, the hotel had no plumbing or electricity. In those early days, you could get three meals and an overnight stay for just $2. Boy how times have changed.

Grand Strand’s earliest innkeeper may have been William Gause, who operated a tavern for travelers along the old King’s Highway in the Windy Hill area beginning around 1740? One of his overnight guests was George Washington, who toured the coast in 1791 while he was president. Even current day, we get some pretty important political figures visiting our fine city.

The first road between Conway and Myrtle Beach was completed in 1914? It ran through Socastee and was made of sand. Known today as Highway 15 and Broadway Street, the road was paved for the first time with rock and asphalt in 1929. I am pretty sure, even though the road was made of sand, they still traveled more quickly than today’s travelers on Hwy. 501 beachbound in August.

If you are staying in one of our beautiful hotels this summer and interested in a family beach portrait, call 843-236-5403 or visit our website at…/…/

(Information excerpted from Greetings from Myrtle Beach, A History, 1900-1980, by Barbara Stokes, commissioned by Chapin Memorial Library and the Chapin Foundation.) Portions of information was gathered from the City of Myrtle Beach website and photo credits to: Teri Halterman

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Myrtle Beach History-What’s in a name?

A Little Myrtle Beach History:

What is in a Name?
I have lived in Myrtle Beach for over 20 years and I never knew that our area had previous names. The first was Chicora and was named by the areas Native Americans, meaning “the land”. When white settlers discovered the area, it became known as New Town. Later in history, Myrtle Beach became the official name, after the wax myrtle trees that grew in the area. Myrtle Beach is also called the Grand Strand and got that name in 1945 by a local newspaper columnist. The Grand Strand is a 60-mile stretch of beach between Georgetown and Little River.
Photo Credit: Teri Halterman

Remember, if you would like a family beach portrait on your next visit to our beautiful city, give Myrtle Beach Photography a call at 843-236-5403

or link to our  Family Beach Portrait Page




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Large Family Beach Sessions-No Additional Charge


No Add Charge for large groups

Summer 2016, No Additional Charge for large families. This summer, whether your family is 9 or 19 people, the session price is the same. Click Link for more info. Give us a call today at 843-236-5403 or Email or Family Beach Portrait Page


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Carolina Country Music Festival Coming To Myrtle Beach

Carolina Country Music Festival is in town June 9th – 12th. Myrtle Beach is going to be buzzing for sure with country music legends like Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw. Give us a call to set up your family beach portrait while you are here enjoying the festival. Call our studio at 843-236-5403 or

To Get Tickets: Carolina Country Music Festival Tickets

Country Music Festival Line Up

Carolina Country Music Festival


Remember to make time to have your family portraits done on the beach. Call 843-236-5403 or

For a free 8×10 with package purchase mention code below

Code: CMF8x10


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Myrtle Beach Famous People, Places and Things: (fun facts)

1. The Move Shag: It was the Summer of 1963. Carson (Pheobe Cates) is getting married to her boyfriend so her friends Melaina (Bridget Fonda), Pudge (Annabeth Gish) and Luanne (Paige Hannah) take her to Myrtle Beach for one last irresponsible weekend. Filming Locations were Myrtle Beach, Florence and Georgetown.
2. The Shag: a popular dance, reportedly born on OD (Ocean Drive) originated during the jitterbug-era of the 1940s.
3. Sports Illustrated Magazine: A popular sports magazine that was started in 1953 our own Pine Lakes Golf Club.
4. Alabama: Famous Country Music band that went on to be world-famous. These good ole boys started out playing for tips at Myrtle Beach’s famous Bowery.
5. Vanna White- Wheel of Fortune sweetheart was born in Conway, South Carolina, not North Myrtle Beach as stated on the site. Her mother and stepfather, Herbert White raised her in North Myrtle Beach.
6. Kelly Tilghman- is a Golf Channel on-air personalities, and currently serves in several roles with the network. She works as a host for Golf Central and Live From. Tilghman grew up in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where her family owned and operated a golf course for 22 years. She earned a scholarship to play on the Duke University women’s golf team

Photo Credit: Teri Halterman



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