Horry County, South Carolina, 1730-1993
Suggesting that Horry County's past does not fit neatly into South Carolina history, Lewis demonstrates its decided differences-political, social, and economic-from other regions of the state. She describes how, in contrast to the rest of South Carolina's coastal plain, which boasted grand plantations dependent on extensive slave labor, Horry County was divided into modest farms worked by yeoman farmers. She recounts its slow path to self-government; involvement in the Revolutionary, Civil, and World Wars; development of medical, social, and educational amenities; and rise to prominence as a tourism capital.
In addition, Lewis introduces readers to Peter Horry, the Revolutionary War officer for whom the county was named, and a host of memorable residents, including Jane Beaty Norman, an altruistic social activist and church founder; Lorenzo Dow, an eccentric itinerant preacher; and H. Kemper Cooke, a self-styled "backwoods statesman" known for his consistent opposition to the state senate's established leadership. Lewis also shares a wealth of local lore, recounting such infamous events as the two "battles" of Conwayborough, the unorthodox Republican strategy in the 1876 gubernatorial campaign, and the carnival-like trials of mass murderer Edmund Bigham.
About the Author
"Catherine Lewis has dedicated many years to documenting the rich and wonderful history of Horry County. This book includes many of the people, places, and events that make ours one of the most interesting and fascinating counties in the state of South Carolina."—Gregory K. Martin, mayor of Conway, South Carolina
"This is the fruit of seven decades in Horry County, as a child, county librarian, local historian, and teacher-at-large. Rich and varied (words the author applies to the area), this book expresses an engaging pride in her home-especially in its frontier toughness-and is laced with political savvy."—Randall A. Wells, author of Along the Waccamaw and director of the Horry County Oral History Project
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