Surfside Beach Historical Society

The Surfside Beach Historical Society was recognized by Horry County on May 16, 2017 for its outstanding commitment and contribution to Historic Preservation in Horry County. The Society is being recognized by the Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation again this year. Congratulations to all the Historical Society Members!


"Memoirs of Judith Grier"


Click here to read the Memoirs of Judith Grier whose grandfather was John Tillman of the Ark Plantation. It is believed that Ms. Grier was born at the plantation in Surfside Beach. This document was donated to the Town of Surfside Beach by Mr. Stan Barnett, from Mount Pleasant, a third great grand child of Mrs. Grier.



Judith Grier and her husband, Zachery Taylor Eaddy



 The Ark Plantation History, Dr. Ben Burroughs



Officers for the term 02/07/2018 to 02/07/2020:

Joyce Sulliman, Chairman                     Sadie Parmely, Treasurer
Cad Holmes, Vice Chairman   Mary Mabry, Publicity
Sherry Singleton, Secretary   Dr. Ben Burroughs, Historian


Town Council Liaison: The Hon. Bob Childs, Mayor

Duties:  The Surfside Beach Historical Society shall serve to collect and preserve the history of the Town of Surfside Beach through collection of records, documents, photographs, artifacts, memorabilia, and other means, and to promote and provide access to the town’s history for current and future generations. 

Resolution #12-121

Ordinance #15-0814  

Bylaws adopted 08/01/2018


Qualifications:  The Surfside Beach Historical Society is open to anyone interested in researching, preserving and documenting the Town of Surfside Beach history.

Meeting Schedule: The Surfside Beach Historical Society typically meets the first Thursday monthly. Visit for specific meeting and event dates. 

Events:  March BBQ Festival, Ark Plantation Site Tours monthly except July, August and December; October Family Festival; November Living History Event at Ark Plantation Site; December Christmas Parade.  

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. at the Floral Lake Clubhouse, 617 Lakeside Drive, in Surfside Beach (two blocks west of Ocean Boulevard at 6th Avenue South).  The July 10th meeting will be held at The Ark Plantation Site.

The Society welcomes and invites everyone interested in the town's history to join them and to participate in their work. 

Historical Survey                                                     

For more information about the Historical Board, please contact Town Clerk Debra Herrmann at 843.913.6333 or

04/04/2019 General Meeting No Agenda PDF
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12/05/2018 General Meeting No Agenda PDF
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08/28/2018 Board Meeting No Agenda PDF
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