to the quiet little beach town of Cherry Grove South Carolina
in the 1950's were greeted with the scene to the left after
crossing the "swing bridge", where King's Highway
(Highway 17) South branched off of Sea Mountain Highway, the
access road to Cherry Grove.
those days, the destination for many visitors and vacationers
alike was the new Cherry Grove Fishing Pier, a wooden structure
extending 985 feet out into the Atlantic Ocean with some of
the best fishing and scenic beauty in the Carolinas. In 1964,
The 1,780-pound, world record tiger shark was caught by Walter
Maxwell from Cherry Grove Pier. It remains to this day the only
all-tackle world record ever caught in South Carolina. The shark
is estimated to have weighed in at 2,000 lbs when it was caught,
but it was not weighed until the next day when it could be trucked
to Loris and placed on the scales.
1963 The Prince family built the Holiday House Motel on the
adjoining property to the pier, and in 1965 they bought the
Pier. In 1968 Cherry Grove Beach joined with three other small
beach towns, Windy Hill Beach, Crescent Beach, and Ocean Drive
Beach to form the present day City of North Myrtle Beach. Today
the Cherry Grove section still retains its "small town
charm" and relaxed family atmosphere even though North
Myrtle Beach is the home of more than 12,000 permanent residents,
and one of the fastest growing areas on the South Carolina coast.
In the early 1970's the pier was renovated into its present
form and the tackle shop was expanded and restaurant added.
Cherry Grove Pier also has a colorful history when it comes
to Hurricanes. In 1989 the Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo
which left a widespread path of destruction across the state
of South Carolina. It was rebuilt and the two-story observation
deck that was added became a very popular sightseeing destination.
In September of 1999, Hurricane Floyd left its mark on the Cherry
Grove Pier by snapping off the observation deck and depositing
it 1000 yards down the beach. It was rebuilt and renovated in
time for the next summer season. In the spring of 2001 the tackle
shop was renovated and access to the pier widened to handle
the record crowds as the pier continues to grow as one of the
most popular family fishing and sightseeing destinations on
the South Carolina coast.
1964, The 1,780-pound, world record tiger shark was caught by
Walter Maxwell from Cherry Grove Pier. It remains to this day
the only all-tackle world record ever caught in South Carolina.
The shark is estimated to have weighed in at 2,000 lbs when
it was caught, but it was not weighed until the next day when
it could be trucked to Loris and placed on the scales.
you are looking to buy or sell a home or condo in the Cherry
Grove area, please contact
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Burroughs & Chapin Realty, Inc.
7421 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Office: (843) 449-9444
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