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Horry County museum and living farm: A local hidden gem | Strand Notebook

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Some of Horry County’s greatest assets appear to be the least known. As I talked with friends over the weekend, they discussed a couple of Grand Strand restaurants that have aquariums created and installed by the professionals on the show Tanked, which runs on the Animal Planet channel.

They did not know that the Horry County Museum in Conway also has one of those aquariums, larger than most, which is now the focal point of the museum.

According to the museum’s website, “In April of 2014, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and the Horry County Museum began work on the 4,400 gallon freshwater aquarium that is featured on Animal Planet’s hit show ‘Tanked.’

Today, the Tanked aquarium is the focal point of the Horry County Museum. Visitors can view the living natural history exhibit and encounter a variety of freshwater fish that are found in our local rivers and lakes.”

The Museum website states: “The Horry County Museum currently serves the people of Horry County and its visitors through the presentation of exhibits on the history, prehistory, and natural history of the county at the museum’s main location and through the presentation of out-reach exhibits and programs in various locations throughout the county. The majority of the museum’s collections are stored at the Main Street location and include a highly acclaimed photographic collection as well as historic artifacts documenting the unique history and culture of Horry County. The L.W. Paul Living History Farm, is a branch of the Museum.”

The L.W. Paul Living History Farm, at 2279 Harris Shortcut Road beside U.S. 701 North, depicts life as it was for most Horry County farmers, and farmers in many other locations, around the 1950s. Visitors are welcome during the hours the farm is open, but the days when special events are held there often bringthousands of people to watch e numerous museum volunteers, along with farmmanager Wayne Skipper, do the tasks that farmers did in those days, such asplowing with mules, grinding grits, making lye soap, crushing sugar cane intosyrup with an old timey syrup mill operated by a mule and much more.

If you haven’t taken your children, grandchildren or yourself to tour the museum and the farm, you have missed a great opportunity to see the unfolding of history and learn about the people who have inhabited this area. Tour groups are welcomed.

The Horry County Museum also presents special programs in the McCown Auditorium, which is attached to the main museum. On May 7, the Horry CountyMuseum and Coastal Carolina University will present “D-Day Remembered,” which was written and narrated by local historian and author Rod Gragg. It will begin at 1 p.m. in the McCown Auditorium. Admission is free.

Admission is always free at the museum and the farm. Donations are accepted. Walter Hill is the director of the Horry County Museum. The mainmuseum is at 805 Main Street in Conway. Call 915-5320 or visit www.horrycountymuseum.org.

Peggy Mishoe, pegmish@sccoast.net, 365-3885.

Upcoming Event

On May 7, the Horry CountyMuseum and Coastal Carolina University will present “D-Day Remembered,” which was written and narrated by local historian and author Rod Gragg. It will begin at 1 p.m. in the McCown Auditorium. Admission is free.

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