Cherry Grove Plantation - North Myrtle Beach Horry County South Carolina SC

Cherry Grove Plantation – North Myrtle Beach – Horry County

Much of the information on this page was contributed by J. Benjamin Burroughs of Conway, South Carolina. Ben was formerly the Executive Director of the Horry County Historical Society.

Basic Information

  • Location – North Myrtle Beach, All Saints Parish, Horry County

    Original plantation lands were located in the Cherry Beach vicinity.

  • Origin of name – The name comes from the cherry trees that are native to the area.

  • Other names – Minor's Island

  • Current status – Plantation no longer exists due to development.


  • 1735 – Earliest known date of existence

    John Morrall received a land grant for 453 acres.

  • 1808 – The Morrall family was still in possession of the plantation which now consisted of 1,898 acres. The plantation now stretched from the ocean across Little River Neck to Little River.

  • ? – The Morralls sold much of this land to John Bellamy, an early settler of French Huguenot descent. John Bellamy had a house on Little River Neck.

  • 1848 – The Bellamy lands were sold to Colonel Daniel W. Jordan.

  • 1859 – Colonel Jordan sold his holdings of 9,940 acres to Nicholas N. Nixon for $25,000. Jordan moved to Laurel Hill in Georgetown County.

  • 1920s – The Nixon families started to develop the Cherry Grove lands.


  • Number of acres – 453 in 1735; 1,898 in 1808; 9,940 in 1859

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Alphabetical list – John Bellamy; Colonel Daniel W. Jordan; John Morrall; Nicholas N. Nixon


  • Number of slaves – 59 in 1850 (Jordan)


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