Peeking into the Past in Murrells Inlet

Oyster Roast Babe's in Murrells Inlet

If you want to get a taste of the way things used to be around Murrells Inlet a must see collection of photographs has been archived for future generations. Murrells Inlet photo’s on the Murrells Inlet History Project offer a peek into the past in Murrells Inlet and thanks to all the efforts and the sharing spirit of the people that live in and love our community these snapshots of times gone by can be viewed by everyone online. You can also join the converstation on the Murrells Inlet History Project facebook page.

Looking throught this collection brings back many fond memories for those who remember where and who they were but it also offers a glimpse into the makings of our creekside haven and how Murrells Inlet has evolved over time. Might be much like anyplace when you think about it because we all have old photographs and we can all remember because old photo’s represent little pieces of our time. Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc. Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.

A Murrells Inlet Fourth of July

When it comes to celebrating our independence Murrells Inlet certainly knows how to roll out the welcome mat and is home to some of the best July 4th celebrations on the Grand Strand. Much more than just the Seafood Capital of South Carolina the Murrells Inlet community is home to 2 great events on the 4th of July and the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and Fireworks celebration are always crowd pleasers.

What started as a few friends celebrating the 4th on the creek has turned into one of the most popular and well attended parades on the water in Murrells Inlet. I was on a sailboat that year and it was great fun but certainly a much smaller event than it is today. There was no Marshwalk for spectators and Garden City participation was much more limited.

July 4th 2011 marks the 28th annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade and boats will line up for the parade leaving the Garden City point at 10:00 a.m. Over the years the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade themes have proved to be quite an inspiration for the entrants and this year’s “Ride the Inlet Wave of Freedom’ is sure to inspire many more as both boats and boat docks from Garden City to Murrells Inlet are decorated to compete for the Murrells Inlet top prize and bragging rights as the best!

The popularity of the Murrells Inlet Boat Parade has grown every year and while viewing is possible from at private homes in Garden City and peeks from Marlin Quay Marina the best place to view the parade is along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Want to hang out all day and have a seat for the festivities check in at Bubba’s Love Shack or Capt. Dave’s Dockside and ask about the $50 rocking chair rental with all proceeds going to Murrells Inlet 2020.

The Marshwalk is also one of the best public viewing locations for the Murrells Inlet Fireworks extravaganza that will start at 10 p.m. This years fireworks are set to be bigger and better than ever and when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July Murrells Inlet, South Carolina is definately the place to be.

Fishing for History in Murrells Inlet

Alex's Bait & Tackle Murrells Inlet SC

The Murrells Inlet History Project and Murrells Inlet Fishing are very popular facebook pages that prove that fishing in Murrells Inlet is enjoyed by the masses today, much as has been the joy of many locals and tourist alike in years past. While today many people have access to fish the Atlantic in personal watercraft back in the day Murrells Inlet was home to no less than 3 Marinas each with head boats to take fishermen out for half and full day trips and was a big part of the Murrells Inlet experience much like the seafood resturants are today.

I remember how busy it used to be around Captain Alex Marina before the 7 am departure of the Capt. Alex and the air of anticipation as the passengers arrived to get on board to head out to the Gulf Stream for a full day of fishing. Back then fishing in Murrells Inlet was much more of an adventure and my daddy certainly took a huge leap when he and my mother brought the first Gulf Stream Head Boat to Murrells Inlet and made fishing more accessible to all. I didn’t know enough at the time to appreciate the pioneering spirit my parents along with the other great boat captains and crews had as they made the daily trips out of Murrells Inlet to go catch the big fish.

Yes the fastest boat that would take passengers to the Gulf Stream in two and a half hours proved to be quite popular and the 6 pm return became an event that was much more important when nobody watched TV and the Sun News reported on the large catches on a regular basis. The lines would be stretching out the door at the Bay Harbor Resturant and one of the local kids would be outside ringing the old bell behind the rose garden alerting everyone that the Capt. Alex was backing into the dock with a load snapper and grouper from the day at sea.

The Capt. Bill, New Inlet Princess and Miss South Carolina were other popular headboats that docked in Murrells Inlet along with the Flying Fisher, Sun Gypsy, Thunderbird to name a few and all were head boats that dock along the Murrells Inlet waterfront where the popular Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is located today. The history of Murrells Inlet fishing is likely to change depending on the teller but one thing is for sure fishing in Murrells Inlet is as popular today as is was in the early days but today it is a whole lot easier to get out in the Inlet and go fish. Copyright©2011 Sandra Bundy, Broker-in-Charge, B&P, Inc. Serving the Pee Dee and Grand Strand of South Carolina.