South Carolina is the northernmost zone where sugar cane can be grown in the south. Cane syrup was a non-essential, but coveted crop that provided home grown syrup.
Shows the process of working iron. Starting with shaping all the way to grinding the edges, and everything in between.
Traditionally farmers used stone wheels turned by water, wind, animal or man power to mill “grist” (dry, cleaned grain) into flour. In the South, corn was the basic source of daily bread, grits and animal feed. Here, the milling machine is powered by a belt drive from the tractor.
The Legacy of Farm to Table
With the exception of staples like salt and coffee, the farm kitchen was almost completely self sufficient. Farm-raised herbs and vegetables, fresh eggs, milk, pork, poultry, beef and grains made for truly “home” cooking.
Farm animals provide countless by-products, and are a very important part of every day life as a farmer.
Sometimes call Brightleaf, tobacco was an important cash crop to 19th and 20th century farmers. It took many field hands, a well-trained mule and 7-8 months of work from seed to market.
The L.W. Paul Living History Farm
Guided Farm tours available every Saturday at 10:00 AM, excluding Farm Events, County holidays and depending on staff availability. Tours are free and will last approximately one hour.
Larry Paul, a local businessman with a rich farming heritage in Horry County, offered to fund the construction of a family farm to depict farm and domestic life in Horry County from 1900-1955. Mr. Paul's vision was to provide Horry County and the museum with a facility to educate future generations about life in Horry County during the first half of the twentieth century. In 2006, Horry County Council designated 17 acres of land for use by the Horry County Museum as the L. W. Paul Living History Farm.
Visitors to the Farm will have the opportunity to sample the everyday life of an Horry County farm family living during this era. Guests on this working farm will be able to observe activities that would have been commonplace on traditional family farms.
Events at the Farm change with the seasons so check in on us throughout the year to see what’s happening here. As the farm year progresses events and demonstrations change to interpret the activities that take place on the Farm annually.
- 2279 Harris Short Cut Rd
Conway, SC 29526
- (843) 915-5321
- 9am - 4pm