Living Here Guide

Litchfield Beach

About 75 people took part in the family bike ride after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest three-mile section of the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway.
About 75 people took part in the family bike ride after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest three-mile section of the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. cslate@thesunnews.com

Established | Settled by rice planters in the early 1700s, modern development into the subdivisions of Litchfield Country Club, Litchfield Beach and North Litchfield Beach began in the 1960s.

Origin of name | Litchfield Plantation, a former rice plantation, was in the center of the community on the riverside. The plantation is said to have taken its name from Litchfield in England.

What’s grand about it | Wide sandy beaches, pristine natural beauty, fine dining, quaint shops and a reserved attitude defines this community just south of Myrtle Beach.

What’s new | This summer, an extension to the Bike the Neck Bikeway was opened. It runs from Willbrook Boulevard south along Old Kings Highway to Waverly Road, then west to Waccamaw Elementary School. Coastal Carolina University’s Litchfield Education Center moved to the former BiLo store at 4427 Ocean Highway.

Best kept secret | The sandy beaches that stretch along Litchfield are perfect for family getaways and romantic rendezvous.

Government | Litchfield is an unincorporated community governed by Georgetown County.

Property tax rate | 202.7 mills

Numbers to know

Georgetown County government | 843-545-3006 or www.georgetowncountysc.org

County Council District 1 | John Thomas, P.O. Box 373, Pawleys Island, 29595, 843-237-3718

County Council District 6 | Steve Goggans, P.O. Box 1859, Pawleys Island, 29585, 843-545-3058

Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association works on projects such as beach walkways and lighting, and keeping the community informed of issues. See www.litchfieldbeachespoa.com.

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