A Remarkable Journey

The story of Burroughs & Chapin began more than a century ago with one man’s dream of building a wholesome, family-oriented resort along the undeveloped coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Over the decades that followed, that simple dream would prove to be a guiding force in the creation and evolution of what would become one of America’s favorite beach destinations. Please take a brief tour of our timeline. It features some of the highlights and milestones of our 100+ years in business, tracing a journey full of change, innovation and a never wavering commitment to elevating the quality of life of the communities around us.




Franklin G. Burroughs leaves
Martin County, North Carolina, and travels to Conway, South Carolina – where he finds work in a mercantile business and turpentine still.


Returning from the war, Burroughs begins
to expand his original turpentine still
and retail business.


Burroughs & Collins Company acquires
the first steamship in what would become
its “Waccamaw Line of Steamers.”


Shortly before his death, Franklin Burroughs envisions the Grand Strand, then known as
New Town, as a popular seaside destination with unlimited potential for future growth.


The sons of Franklin Burroughs complete the first railroad between Conway and New Town on the beach. In a contest to name the
new community by the sea, Burroughs' widow, Miss Addie, suggests “Myrtle Beach" for its abundance of the native wax myrtle shrubs.


The Burroughs family builds and opens
the Seaside Inn, the first oceanfront hotel
in Myrtle Beach.


Chicago businessman and entrepreneur
Simeon B. Chapin joins with the Burroughs family to form Myrtle Beach Farms Company.


Myrtle Beach Farms Company donates
320 acres of pristine oceanfront property
to the state of South Carolina to create
Myrtle Beach State Park.


While several “Pavilion” structures had
stood on this site since around 1908, the
new Myrtle Beach Pavilion & Amusement Park opened on the oceanfront, featuring an
expansive boardwalk, bath house and several acres of rides and other attractions.


Myrtle Beach Farms donates several acres
of land for the construction of
Ocean View Memorial Hospital, the first
in the Myrtle Beach area.


The company opens Myrtle Square Mall,
the largest and first completely enclosed
shopping center in northeastern South Carolina.


Myrtle Beach Farms Company joins with
Conway-based Burroughs & Collins Company to form Burroughs & Chapin Company, Inc.


Burroughs & Chapin develops the
award-winning 350-acre Broadway at the Beach shopping, entertainment and
dining complex around a 23-acre lake
in the heart of Myrtle Beach.


Burroughs & Chapin launches Grande Dunes,
a 2200-acre resort and residential community
stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the west
of the Intracoastal Waterway.


In a joint venture with CBL & Associates
of Chattanooga, TN, Burroughs & Chapin opens the new Coastal Grand Mall, one of the largest shopping centers in South Carolina.


Burroughs & Chapin acquires Barefoot Landing, a large shopping and dining complex
located along the Intracoastal Waterway
in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Shareholders approve REIT conversion.
(Real Estate Investment Trust)


Burroughs & Chapin enters the Wilmington, North Carolina market, with the purchase of Lumina Station, a popular shopping, dining
and business village located near Wrightsville Beach.


Burroughs & Chapin enters the Charleston, South Carolina market with an acquisition on King Street, one of the city's most popular and desired locations.


Burroughs & Chapin expands into the Savannah market with an acquisition on Broughton Street, the premier high street shopping destination in Savannah.

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