Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation (BAR)


Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation (BAR)

Per the Horry County Code of Ordinances, Appendix B Zoning, Article XVII, the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation (BAR) are the following:
 

  • To review and recommend to the Horry County Council the designation of individual historic properties, buildings, resources, sites, landmarks and historic districts
  • To review plans and applications for construction, rehabilitation and restoration on historic properties, resources or sites, to historic landmarks or buildings, or within historic areas or districts, and any demolition pertaining to or affecting duly designated historic properties, resources, sites, buildings or districts
  • To coordinate with the comprehensive land use area plans
  • To approve, deny or approve with conditions the demolition or alteration of building exteriors, or interiors, if designated as historic. The BAR also shall review proposed new construction in a historic district
  • To review and comment on National Register of Historic Places nomination and exercise other duties specifically needed by a community
  • To maintain an inventory of local historic properties (see Historic Property Register below)
  • Promote education about historic preservation and procedures (See Projects below)

Horry County Historic Property Register

The following properties have been designated as landmarks under the County’s ordinance and added to the Horry County Historic Register.  
Horry County Historic Register

In addition, the following properties in Horry County have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  
National Register

Special Property Assessment for Rehabilitated Historic Properties

Rehabilitating your historic property?  The Horry County Special Property Tax Incentive Program offers an assessed property value freeze for 15 years.
Special Property Assessment Ordinance
Application for Special Property Assessment

In addition, there are state and federal tax credits available for historic rehabilitation projects.  Contact the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for more information.  
SHPO

Agritourism Permit

In 2016, a Horry County Agritourism Ordinance was written to allow agritourism activities on working farms without requiring commercial operation standards such as landscaping, parking, and permanent restroom facilities.  Agritourism is an accessory use on agricultural land and is designed to diversify the income stream on the farming operation and support the primary use of agriculture. This is a temporary or seasonal use on the property, but typically last longer than the time periods allowed by current special events permits in Horry County. The permit is designed to encourage the growth of Agritourism in Horry County while assisting in the preservation of the rich agricultural traditions that exist in the County.  As many of the farms may qualify as or already be listed as historic farms in Horry County, the BAR is the body authorized to review and approve the Agritourism Permit applications.
Agritourism Ordinance
Agritourism Permit Application

Projects

Historical Brochures

Horry County Cemetery Project

Started in 2007, the Horry County Cemetery Project is Horry County’s attempt to inventory, map, and preserve every gravesite in every historic cemetery in the County, even those that may have been lost for decades. The project attempts to record all names, dates of birth and death, lineage, epitaphs, symbols, and condition from every gravesite in every historic cemetery in Horry County, as well as photograph each gravesite and digitally map the cemeteries using GIS tools. Unmarked graves are also found and permanently marked using ground penetrating radar. The project was undertaken to: (1) protect historic properties at the local level; (2) protect historic properties from encroachment and growth pressures; (3) create greater interest in historic preservation; and, (4) create the necessary framework for local level protection. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this project!
Cemetery Project

Legacy Business Recognition Program

Pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years. In 2016, the BAR won a Preservation Service Award from the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation for the Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program

The following businesses have been recognized by the BAR as a “Horry County Legacy Business”:

Rhue’s Mortuary
Matthew and Beatrice Rhue started Rhue’s Mortuary in 1959, and is a 2nd generation family-owned business. Today, the business is owned by Matthew and Beatrice’s son Samuel, along with his wife Florence.
Palmetto Chevrolet
Palmetto Chevrolet began as Lee’s Chevrolet in 1930, and became Palmetto Chevrolet in 1942, making the dealership 84-years old! Palmetto occupies multiple historic buildings and is an icon in historic downtown Conway.
Nye’s Pharmacy
The four Nye brothers established the Nye’s Drugs chain of stores in 1928, making the business 87-years old! The current Nye’s Pharmacy is the last remaining store of the Nye chain of drug stores. The first location was on Main Street in Conway (closed in 1971), and there were also locations in Mullins and Myrtle Beach. The current Nye’s Pharmacy location was built in 1953, and it is one of the city’s only examples of modern style architecture, making it an icon in historic Conway. It was originally owned by David Sherwood Nye, Sr. and R. Bruce Nye. David Sherwood Nye, Jr. (Jimmie) continued the family tradition until his retirement in1994. Kevin Martin took over the reins for 20 years, and now Matt and Tiffany Combs continue the tradition of serving Conway citizens with their medical needs.
News Article
Conway National Bank
The Conway National Bank began as the Bank of Horry in 1903, and became The Conway National Bank in 1914, making the business 112-years old! The Conway National Bank is an icon in Horry County. Today, CNB operates 14 offices in Horry County and the Waccamaw Neck area of Georgetown County.
Peaches Corner
The Myrtle Beach landmark known as Peaches Corner has remained a symbol of summer for visitors and locals since it opened its doors 78 years ago. The restaurant, originally known as the Atlantic Ale House, was started by Lillian Justice Peach in 1937. The location had previously been used as a bath house, because of its close proximity to the Old Myrtle Beach Pavilion and the beach. In 1943, the restaurant was purchased by Johnny and Eunice Burroughs. They decided to keep the established name “Peaches”. Ownership of the restaurant was passed down to the Burroughs’s daughter Pamela Crutchfield, who managed the restaurant until the past decade when her son-in-law Briggs Dickerson took over as restaurant manager.
News Article
Donzelle’s
The Conway landmark known as Donzelle’s Restaurant began in 1962 by Willard “Dick” Dickerson and his wife Donzelle Dickerson. When the restaurant first opened, the Dickersons served breakfast lunch and dinner. One of their specials known as the meat plus three was offered for thirty-five cents, today the same special is offered for eight dollars and fifty cents. Today, Larry and his brother Russell are second-generation owners of Donzelle’s Restaurant. Russell Dickerson manages the front house and Larry takes care of the kitchen and catering.
News Article
Hucks & Washington Furniture
Hucks & Washington Furniture Company was founded in 1946 by Curtis Hucks and his nephew Sam Washington. Prior to this, Sam majored in music and minored in business. Having gone to USC on the GI Bill, Sam served in the Navy in WWI. After the war, he returned home and his uncle Curtis convinced him to open a furniture store rather than teaching piano. The store flourished and grew over the years. In 1968, at the death of Curtis, Sam took over as sole owner. In the 1990s, Sam’s daughter Anne took an active role in the family business. She became owner in 2010 when her father passed away.
News Article
Ocean Fish Market
The Conway Landmark known as Ocean Fish Market was founded by George Martin in the early 1940s…making it around 75 years old! Marie Shelley Graham began working for Mr. Martin when she was 18, and ultimately co-owned the business for 50 years. Her daughter, Janice Graham Jordan also worked at the Ocean Fish Market. Janice’s husband, F.W. Graham, co-owning the business with Marie until it was sold to the current owners, the Hardees, in 1998. Diane and Ray Hardee, and their daughter Jennie, now own and run the business. The business remained in the family, as Diane is the niece of Marie. Therefore, Jennie is a 4th generation owner! The business was originally located across the street from its current location; it was moved just a few years after opening its doors. The current building was originally used as a blacksmith shop in the early 1900s. You can still see the metal rings on the brick wall outside, where people would tie up their horses when they came into town.
News Article
Norman’s Cleaners
In 1962, Norman Moore opened Norman’s Cleaners at its original location on 3rd Avenue in Conway...making it 54 years old! From there, the business moved to Law Street, and then in 1972 settled at the current location on 4th Avenue. This current location was originally a car service station built in the 1940s that Norman renovated, including closing the garages. Prior to the car service station, a theater had been on the property. When Norman passed away, his son Tommy Moore became owner of the business. Tommy and his son Bradley now run the business together. Norman’s Cleaners not only has 3rd generation owners, but they also have 3rd generation employees.
News Article
The Bowery
Since 1944, the Bowery has been a Myrtle Beach landmark. The house band from 1973-1980 was famous country group “ALABAMA”, who still make appearances. Victor Shamah has owned the Bowery for more than 30 years.
News Article
The Gay Dolphin
The family-owned and operated Gay Dolphin Gift Cove was opened in 1946 by Justin Whitaker Plyler, Sr. and Eloise Plyler. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel destroyed the original store, but it was rebuilt on the same site. The current owner, Justin “Buz” Plyer, Jr., started working for his parents at the Gay Dolphin at the age of 8.
News Article
Friendly Barber Shop
In 1958, Jerome Thomas opened the Bamboo Barber shop on 1403 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. The business was later renamed the Friendly Barber Shop, due to Jerome’s positive attitude, encouraging words, and ever-present smile. In 1966, Ella “Dolly” Thomas Dolly joined the business as the only female barber. Jerome died in 2007, leaving Dolly to run the business with the help of Franklin Tucker, a dedicated employee for over 45 years.
WF Cox
The family-owned and operated WF Cox was opened in 1953. Steve Cox is the owner and a strong supporter of the community. His motto is, “We live here, we work here” and treats customers like family, offering floor covering and major appliances throughout Horry, Marion, Columbus and Brunswick Counties.
Wolpert’s Department Store
Bernard and Katie Wolpert emigrated from Russia to New York. A cousin who lived in Whiteville convinced the couple to move to Loris, where they opened Wolpert’s Department Store in 1938. The Wolperts, with the help of their son Robert, owned the business until 1992 when it was purchased by the current owner Gene Mills.
Loris Drug Store
The first drug store in Loris was known as Loris Drug Store. The business has been in Singleton Bailey’s family since 1947, with his father working there several years prior.
Hardwick’s Funeral Home
In 1921, Jennings Hardwick began selling caskets at Peoples Hardware Store, and used his truck as a funeral coach. In 1948, Harold Hardwick, Jennings' son, began working in the business when he was only 14. After the passing of both father and son, the 3rd generation, Stephen Hardwick, became the owner and operator. Hardwick Funeral Home provides funeral, burial and cremation services as well as life celebration services.
Graham Brothers Farm Supply
Graham Brothers Farm Supply started in 1948 when Harvey Graham, Sr. began selling fertilizer, fruit, Christmas trees, and hail insurance. In 1951, he and his brother Horace built a feed mill, and then a farm supply store on Railroad Ave. In 1965 Harvey Jr. joined the family business, and Harvey the 3rd joined in 1986. Today, Harvey the 3rd and Harvey the 4th (Grayson) continue successfully operating the feed and grain supply store.
Stevens Law Firm
In 1948-49, James Stevens enrolled at the University of South Carolina under the GI Bill. He went onto USC's Law School, obtaining his law degree and returned to Loris to set up his law practice. In addition to his law practice, James served in the SC Senate. In 1973, his son Jimmy graduated from USC's Law School and joined the practice. In 1986, James retired from the practice but remained with the law firm as “of counsel.”
Dew’s Appliances
Since 1947, Dew's, a family-owned appliance and HVAC business, has been a local tradition in North Myrtle Beach and the surrounding North and South Carolina communities.
Hoskins Restaurant
Hoskins Restaurant has been a staple in the North Myrtle Beach area for almost 70 years. It was opened in 1948 by Hubert and Leona Hoskins. Today, the restaurant continues to be staffed and run by family members.

Know a business that has been in operation in Horry County for 50 years or more? Contact us with details!
Legacy Business Application

Local Historical Sites & Structures High School Video Contest

High school students create local history related videos, telling the story of a building or a site within Horry County. Judged and award prizes by the BAR.
Video Contest Application

2017 Winners
1ST PLACE – Upper Mill Plantation https://youtu.be/804Q5vh8LOg
2ND PLACE – Time Waits for No One https://youtu.be/25Z_2EkN01g
3RD PLACE – Horry’s Seafood https://youtu.be/jjlQfvDpCPI
2015 Winners
1ST PLACE – One Day on Carver Street https://youtu.be/RHkRfjjIBCw
2ND PLACE – Cherry Grove Pier https://youtu.be/Fh3P55CZSLY
3RD PLACE – Nye’s Pharmacy https://youtu.be/JFwy6xibhHQ
2014 Winners
1ST PLACE – The Oak Tree https://youtu.be/Ix8yLulXMwE
2ND PLACE – Myrtle Beach State Park https://youtu.be/MtFx-26H8zw
3RD PLACE – Carolina Southern Railroad 3RD PLACE – Carolina Southern Railroad
2013 Winners
1ST PLACE – Meher Baba Spiritual Center https://youtu.be/2VivGIUsCm0
2ND PLACE – Boulineaus https://youtu.be/2VivGIUsCm0
3RD PLACE – Pine Lakes Country Club https://youtu.be/AYhJAKSjkXE
4th PLACE – The Pavilion https://youtu.be/8uQupJtVcp8
2012 Winners
1ST PLACE – Socastee Swing Bridge https://youtu.be/q5DsDrZ2PAM
2ND PLACE – Rivoli Theater https://youtu.be/GGynOg_yMn4
3RD PLACE – Ocean Forest Hotel https://youtu.be/aW3IQwekHVs

Patriot Tree Project

Honors historic trees by pairing them with soldiers from Horry County that served in the Civil War.
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Patriot Tree Project

SC Century Farm Program

State-wide program that honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least one hundred years. There are currently 13 farms in Horry County that have received this designation.
SC Century Farms Application.
Horry County Century Farms

Historic Preservation Plan

The Horry County Historic Preservation Plan was unanimously adopted by Horry County Council on June 18th, 2013 and made part of the Horry County Comprehensive Plan. In addition to the future preservation activities, the Plan also details the past of Horry County and its development into one of the most heavily visited tourist areas in the country.  The Plan also provides an inventory of every history and heritage related endeavor currently in Horry County, from museums to genealogy societies.  This plan, and its implementation, illustrates the commitment and vision of Horry County to preserving its very unique and diverse cultural heritage.  
Preservation Plan

Meetings

Questions

If you have questions, or would like more information on the BAR and its projects, please contact Mary Catherine Hyman, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340, or hymanm@horrycounty.org

Members - Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation(BAR)

MemberContact InformationTerm Expires

Jody Nyers

Chair

5569 Highway 319 East

Conway, SC 29526

EMAIL

6/30/2019

Jamie Thompkins

Vice-Chair

EMAIL

6/30/2019

Bill Strydesky

EMAIL

6/30/2020

Joel Carter
 

EMAIL

6/30/2020

Katie Clary

EMAIL

6/30/2019

Christy Douglas

EMAIL

6/30/2020

Becky Billingsley

EMAIL

6/30/2019

Sam Dusenbury

EMAIL

6/30/2020

David Stoudenmire

EMAIL

6/30/2019

Dr. Eldred E. Prince, Jr. (“Wink”)

EMAIL

6/30/2020

Lou Conklin

Staff Liason

843-915-5340

Email

 

Susi Miller

Administrative Assistant

843-915-5340  

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