Project cleans up, preserves historical Horry Co. cemeteries

Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two churches will be assisting government efforts in upcoming weeks to spruce up three cemeteries in Horry County.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Conway and Myrtle Beach will be assisting Horry County on the Cemetery Project, which will help rid three cemeteries of debris, litter, weeds and other damaging materials. Two large cemeteries, Princeville Cemetery near Loris and Bethel Cemetery in the Dog Bluff Community will be inventoried by teams of volunteers from these two churches.

The data will be included in the County's ongoing Cemetery Project for eventual preservation and public review.

In addition, the Myrtle Beach LDS Church will include an Eagle Scout Project aimed at restoring the Royals Cemetery on Hwy 905 near Hwy 22.  The Conway LDS Church is actively working with the Waccamaw Indian Tribe in preserving cemetery sites important to their ancestry and will be assisting the Waccamaw in genealogical research.

There are nearly 500 historic cemeteries in Horry County, that's approximately one cemetery for every 2.51 square miles.

The Horry County Cemetery Project is an effort of the Horry County Planning and Zoning Staff and the Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation.  The Project will inventory every Historic Cemetery in the unincorporated areas of the County, recording names, dates of birth and death, epitaphs, lineage, condition, photographs and mapped locations of every gravesite.

In addition, the County utilizes Ground Penetrating Radar to find those graves that are no longer marked due to nature, lawnmowers or neglect.  So far, nearly 700 unmarked graves throughout Horry County have been located using GPR.

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