Little River History
"We preservationists have an unusual ability to make a personal connection with property we don't own."--Bill Schmickle
Blackbeard (Edward Thatch / Teach) once stated that if he didn't shoot one of his men now and then they would forget what kind of a person he was...
Welcome to Little River History
, an ongoing research project by long-time Little River resident Marcia Lynn Walker
, representing families who've lived in the waterfront area of Little River, South Carolina, for over two centuries.
Marcia Lynn is taking her research into the sea... by becoming Open Water certified in SCUBA diving. A recent dive took her to the General Sherman, previously the Princess Royal, which sunk six miles off the coast of Little River on 10 January 1874.
Marcia Lynn strives to help preserve, protect, and promote local culture, historically significant homes and structures, the natural foliage and landscape, majestic trees, distinctive landmarks, as well as vintage photos, maps, sketches and renderings that are part of Little River's long, rich history.
Several years ago, Marcia Lynn began researching the history of her lineage and her niece's lineage, only to discover the very first settlers associated with Little River were part of her niece's lineage; and equally exciting was the discovery that Evan Pugh, the preacher from the original Cheraws District, whose journals/diaries documented many colonial South Carolina births, marriages, and deaths, is Marcia Lynn's 6th great-grand-uncle.
Read the story of how, in the early 1900s, before golf courses and the Intracoastal Waterway, a small group of fisherman along the Little River waterfront started recreational fishing in the state of South Carolina. The Recreational Fishery in South Carolina: The Little River Story
- Part 1
| Part 2
Her initial genealogy research grew into a full-blown passion for every facet of Little River's history, one in which she'll spend the remainder of her life continuing research, documentation, and preservation of this historic farming and fishing village.
Fortunately, she is able to build from the diligent, exhaustive efforts of many others over the years; namely, Ben Burroughs, Catherine Heniford Lewis, C.B. Berry, Deryl Young, and other local researchers, both living and deceased.
Recent Updates from Marcia Lynn
: I've recently purchased a copy of the 1902 Merchants & Tradesmen of Georgetown and Horry Counties
. If anyone would like me to look up an ancestor or their business, feel free to send an email
and I'll be happy to help.
She is also a member of the Little River Historical and Cultural Committee, an informal grassroots group whose stated mission is to preserve historic Little River.
"We must never be so occupied in the present or future that we forget the past."
LittleRiverHistory.com is an active work in progress, which will continually expand over the coming months and years, displaying the progress and results of Marcia Lynn's research projects, as well as local preservation related news and announcements.
The town of Little River is a small hamlet or settlement, without a corporate or political organization differentiating it from the township of the same name. It consists of a few stores or general merchandise establishments, a small bank, a school, and a few dwellings. The population is liberally estimated at about 500 souls. The principal industries are lumbering, farming, and fishing. The last named includes packing fish, canning oysters and clams, and the shipment of raw oysters and clams."
Snippets from the Corps of Engineers Reports of the early 1900s
"If you think you understand things, buy the highest power microscope you can afford"
"If you think you're important, buy the highest power telescope you can afford"