Murrells Inlet History
Murrells Inlet, SC, the “quaint fishing village”, is rooted in history and ghost stories. The town was officially named Murrells Inlet in 1913 by the post office, but the history goes back hundreds of years. Legend has it that Blackbeard roamed around the land that is now Murrells Inlet and buried some treasure here! Our tidal creeks were also a great hiding spot for pirates waiting to attack English ships.
In the 1800s, the fertile soil Murrells Inlet was filled with rice plantations. Those rice plantations were the main source of business for Murrells Inlet until the early 1900s. As with most of America, the economy of Murrells Inlet suffered during The Great Depression. An economic boom came during the Depression when Archer Milton Huntington developed his 9,000 acre estate - his estate ran from the ocean to the rivers. Today, the home, Atalaya, is part of the Huntington Beach State Park, and the gardens created Brookgreen Gardens.
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The beautiful land of Murrells Inlet is now home to many full-time residents and the short-term home of people from across the country looking for some relaxation. In Murrells Inlet, you can purchase anything from a small condo to use for your vacation home to a 7+ bedroom estate. Properties here can have views of the water, both inlet and river, or views of golf courses and often are dotted with Spanish moss covered oak trees that are hundreds of years old.
A grocery store is only a few minutes away as Lowes Food Store, Food Lion and Publix have stores in Murrells Inlet. Murrells Inlet offers many shopping options for the young and young at heart including Hannah B’s - a children’s boutique, Inlet Square Mall, Booty’s Outdoors - fishing supplies and men’s clothing, Socialite - cute ladies clothing boutique, RSVP Shoppe - stationery and gifts, Lazy Gator, LD Bags and Pluff Mudd.
Dining and Entertainment
Murrells Inlet bridges both past and present perfectly. In some areas of Murrells Inlet, you feel like you have gone back in time by hundreds of years. Yet, Murrells Inlet is a town filled with plenty of restaurants, attractions and shops to keep the modern day person busy.The Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet is a couple of miles of waterfront dining and shops nestled beneath hundred year old oak trees off of Business 17. You can enjoy many types of food from casual to fine dining, live music, shopping, water sports and lots of fun! Restaurants on the Marshwalk include Bovines, Divine Fish House, Wahoos Raw Bar & Marina, Drunken Jacks, Bubba’s Love Shak, Capt. Dave’s Dockside, Creek Ratz, Dead Dog Saloon and Wicked Tuna. Farther down Business 17, you will find other great restaurants and bars including Russell’s Seafood Grill and Raw Bar, Nance’s Creekfront Restaurant, Graham’s Landing, Hot Fish Club and Costa Coastal Kitchen and Bar. Cooking seafood at home is also an option if you spot by Harrelson's Seafood, Seven Seas or Murrells Inlet Seafood.
Parks and Recreation
As you can imagine, the outdoors are center to many activities in Murrells Inlet. Grab some bait at Perry's Bait and Tackle before you hit the water. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, sunset cruises, dolphin cruises, parasailing, banana boat rides, jet ski rentals and more at Express Watersports. In the summer, you can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding and more at Huntington Beach State Park. Basketball and baseball fans can play at Wachesaw Ball Park off Old Kings Highway. Other great outdoor activities include the Morse Park Landing and the bike path (runners and walkers are also welcome!) that starts on the south end of Murrells Inlet and travels through Huntington Beach State Park down to Pawleys Island.
With many roads and access to highways, you can live in Murrells Inlet and enjoy the slower-paced life while being close to everything. The Myrtle Beach Airport is about a 30 minute drive from Myrtle Beach. Charleston, SC is about a hour and a half drive.
Part of Murrells Inlet is in Horry County and part of Murrells Inlet is in Georgetown County. The Horry County section of Murrells Inlet is served by St. James Schools while the Georgetown County section of Murrells Inlet is served by Waccamaw Schools.
Waccamaw Elementary School (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade)
1364 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Waccamaw Intermediate School (4th Grade - 6th Grade)
320 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Waccamaw Middle School (7th Grade and 8th Grade)
247 Wildcat Way, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Waccamaw High School (9th Grade - 12th Grade)
2412 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
St. James School District Schools
St. James Elementary School (Pre-School, Child Development, Kindergarten - 4th Grade)
9711 St. James Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
St. James Intermediate School (5th Grade and 6th Grade)
9641 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
St. James Middle School (7th Grade and 8th Grade)
9775 St. James Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
St. James High School (9th Grade - 12th Grade)
10800 Highway 707, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Contact Kathy Rukat Smith about Murrells Inlet
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