Relics from historic Chesterfield Inn find home in new Myrtle Beach development

dbryant@thesunnews.comJune 3, 2013 

— The old Chesterfield Inn bit the dust last year, but remnants of the old structure live on in the new development that took its place.

You don’t have to look hard in the Shark Attack miniature golf course building to see salvaged bricks from the Chesterfield’s rubble that were cleaned and painted with the inn’s signature green and white sign by Conway artist Lee Boyd. And in the Hammerhead Grill next door, some of the tables are made from the inn’s hardwood floors. There are also plans to display renderings of the hotel, paintings and old postcards.

“We kept a little bit of it,” said Karon Mitchell, whose family owns the new development and owned the Chesterfield, which was torn down in August to make way for the golf course and restaurant. “She was a great old lady. People have wonderful memories. People still come up and reminisce.”

The three-story, brick Chesterfield Inn, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, had greeted vacationers for more than 66 years and kept its 1940s charm, with original hardwood floors, clapboard ceilings and rocking chairs on the second-floor oceanfront porch. But despite that charm, it didn’t have today’s amenities that vacationers demand, Mitchell said, adding that it wouldn’t have been economical to renovate it.

“Most people realize staying at the Chesterfield was kind of a thing of the past,” she said.

But they still like reminiscing, Mitchell said, adding that the old Chesterfield bricks with the sign or the building painted on them are for sale for $30.

Shark Attack opened earlier this year. The Hammerhead Grill planned to open this weekend, pending a final signoff from state regulators. Both businesses are oceanfront at Seventh Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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