Socastee Historic District
Socastee Historic District
Map: Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History
|Location||SC 544, 0.5 mi. N of Indtracoastal Waterway, Socastee, South Carolina|
|Area||4 acres (1.6 ha)|
|Architect||Prince, Robert M., Sr.; Tidewater Construction Corporation|
|Architectural style||Massed-plan side gabled|
|NRHP Reference #||02000558|
|Added to NRHP||May 22, 2002|
It includes three contributing buildings, one contributing site, and one contributing structure. They are a metal swing bridge, two houses, one store and a pecan grove. It is one of the few remaining intact local examples of post-Civil War development.
Samuel S. Sarvis House
Samuel Sarvis built his house in 1881, shortly before he was to be married.
Thomas B. Cooper House
The Thomas B. Cooper house was built for Mr. Cooper by Robert M. Prince, Jr. in 1908. The exterior has recently been renovated.
Thomas B. Cooper Store
The store was built in 1905 and closed in 1932.
The Socastee swing bridge was opened 1936. It is 217 feet (66 m) long and 24 feet (7.3 m) feet wide. Originally, the bridge had to be turned by hand. The gatekeeper worked from the house at the top of the bridge. The first operator of the bridge boarded at the Thomas B. Cooper house.
From the time of its construction, the Socastee turn bridge was the only means other than ferry to cross the Intra Coastal waterway. Located on Hwy 544, it was to be closed after approval of a new bridge to be built on south of the Socastee bridge. Though the new bridge solved many traffic problems during the tourist season, it did not help the locals and it would have created many problems for Socastee residents that need to access Forestbrook Rd., which is located approximately 0.2 miles on the right off Hwy 544 west of the Socastee turn bridge. Additionally Peach Tree Rd. was located just 0.1 miles to the left. Thus the Socastee turn bridge not only has historic value, but it is still used in daily commuting.
Old pecan grove near the Thomas B. Cooper store.
Samuel S. Sarvis (1843 - 1931)
Samuel S. Sarvis was a confederate veteran and served with the SC 26th Infantry. He was a merchant, store owner and a business partner with Dusenbury & Sarvis. Mr. Sarvis was appointed the postmaster of Socastee in 1896. The post office was in his store which was the norm for small towns in that era.
Thomas B. Cooper (1863 - 1928)
Thomas B. Cooper was the Socastee postmaster in 1908.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Harvey, Bruce G. (June 14, 1999). "Socastee Historic District". National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "South Carolina Department of Archives and History". National Register Properties in South Carolina:Socastee Historic District, Horry County (S.C. Hwy. 544, ½ mile N. of Intracoastal Waterway, Socastee), including five photos. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. 2010-06-21.
- Bruce G. Harvey (June 1999). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Socastee Historic District". South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- Socastee Historic District Map
- Socastee Historic District - Socastee, South Carolina - U.S. National Register of Historic Places on Waymarking.com