After spending 20 years in the Air Force, I decided to change gears and become a Realtor. I have been a realtor since 2006 and I love what I do! I believe in helping my clients the way I like to be helped. I enjoy the interaction with people and their families. I am married to an Army retiree, have moved all of my life and love my church. My life started as a military child, a military member, military wife and then military contractor. I graduated from Rollins College and Central Michigan University. I am a member of North Myrtle Beach First Baptist Church, have adopted my beach access, participate in my Neighborhood Watch and try to be a participating member of our community. If I have free time, I enjoy camping and walking. I have one dog and two cats and consider them my furry kids. If I can help you find your next home, please give me a call!
The life of a military family adds diversity, travel and adventure to life. These adventures included being born on the coast of Virginia, living all along the east coast, Central New York and a final permanency in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Not bad for fulfilling a dream to live close to the beach.
Over a time span of 20 years plus, there has been involvement in essentially every facet of marketing. Life experiences made a career in real estate a next logical step. Lifelong friends have been formed since 2006 while working as a broker licensed agent in both North and South Carolina. The ultimate success has been helping people realize the dream of finding their perfect property at the beach!
Purchasing a *home* means something different to everyone. Whether purchasing a primary residence, a vacation get-away, or strictly an investment ~~ One owes it to oneself to give Patricia a call!!
CYNTHIA STANLEY will offer superior, personalized service on an individual basis. This customer base will not only consider her their personal real estate professional but will have the confidence to refer her to their friends, relatives and neighbors.
A full time real estate professional since 1988 and a resident of North Myrtle Beach since 1996 enables Cynthia to fully understand the market, being a native to the area gives her the advantage of understanding the history and growth witnessed over the years. Her business territory includes Horry & Georgetown Counties in South Carolina as well as Brunswick and Columbus Counties in North Carolina. Cynthia’s knowledge of the real estate community, her background as an educator and understanding of the changing market conditions are brought with her when she sits down to discuss your personal real estate needs.
“My goal has never been to be the top agent, but to be the best agent. My desire is to handle the affairs of others in a fair and loving manner that gives them comfort that the decisions made are the best for them. This goal has given me the most dynamic and wonderful friends that one could ever be blessed to know. Most of my business now comes to me by referral from past clients or other agents who know me and my personal as well as work ethics.” – Cynthia Stanley
Turning Transactions into Relationships………………
The following includes excerpts from “The Ark Plantation” by Greg Martin at http://www.hchsonline.org/places/ark.html.
“The Ark Plantation” (also referred to as “Arke Plantation”) was the home of John M. Tillman. The plantation consisted of approximately 3,200 acres of land and covered much of what is now Surfside Beach.
There are no records in Horry County of a deed for the property to John Tillman. It is possible that the Tillman family received a royal grant for the property prior to the American Revolution. If there was a royal grant a record of this may one day be found in Charleston’s archives. If Tillman acquired the land between the revolution and 1801, however, a deed would have been recorded in Georgetown since what is now Horry County was during that time a part of Georgetown District. Any deed recorded there would have been sent to Columbia and, subsequently, during the War Between the States, destroyed by Sherman’s troops when Columbia was burned.
The first evidence of Tillman living in what is now Surfside Beach is from the Robert Mills Atlas of 1820. There is also a survey of John Tillman’s plantation recorded in Horry County which is marked a resurvey of an 1838 map. This map indicates a total of 3,194 acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean about three miles inland and with about one and one-half miles on the ocean front. This map shows the plantation house, several outbuildings and cleared fields. The home stood until the middle part of this century.
According to an article by John Thomas, in 1850 John Tillman owned 57 slaves. According to Tillman’s own records by 1860 he had increased that number to 60. His main crop was sweet potatoes and he produced 3,000 bushels annually. One hundred ninety acres were used for the production of rice. John Tillman’s will recorded in the Probate Court for Horry County reveals some interesting things about him.
At the time Tillman’s will was written in 1854 he apparently had no wife or children nor did he at his death in 1865. Mr. Tillman was apparently quite affluent since he listed gifts of money, land and slaves to his brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces in his will. When Tillman died in 1865 the war had apparently taken its toll since his personal property was valued at only $2,000.00. No value was placed on his real estate.
The inventory of The Ark Plantation conducted in 1866 included two double barrel guns valued at $15.00, various chairs and tables, a clock valued at $30.00, crockery and two dozen silver pieces valued at $25.00, a shaving case and razors valued at $3.00, and one lot of books (old) valued at $10.00. The inventory indicated that the house had two large rooms upstairs and two downstairs.
After Tillman’s death the family divided the plantation and eventually it was developed. First known as Roach’s Beach, with only one two story building and several cottages, the region was purchased in the early 1920’s after surviving the hurricane of 1893. At that time the principal industries were lumber and feed farming for horses and mules in the area. The new owner, Mr. George J. Holiday, renamed the area Floral Beach for his wife, Flora, and daughter, Floramay. In the late 1920’s, a group from Columbia purchased and partially developed the land. In 1952, most of the land changed hands again and became known as Surfside Beach. The undeveloped beach area was covered with sand dunes and a one-lane sandy road that led from the highway to a quiet, family beach.
In 1954 Hurricane Hazel destroyed 18 of the beach’s 65 houses, but did not dampen the spirit of the developers. Lots were cleared, the sand was leveled, topsoil was brought in and T. J. Harrison, who later became the town’s first mayor, opened the first grocery store. At the time there were only 6 permanent families. Significant growth did not happen until after 1956 when Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was reactivated.
By 1964, Surfside’s reputation as a family beach had spread significantly and the town was becoming a popular place to both visit and retire. During the ensuing years, the Township increased police protection, mosquito/ sanitation control and installed additional street lights. These improvements along with the passage of strategic zoning ordinances resulted in increased property values. Public parking and walkways to the beach were created and government offices were constructed just off Highway 17. Over the next few years, the Town of Surfside Beach, as well as the rest of the Grand Strand, became one of the fastest growing parts of the country.
TOWN and LOCAL INFORMATION
LOCATION: The Town of Calabash is located in Brunswick County on the southeastern coast of North Carolina and is the southern most city in North Carolina bordering South Carolina. It is 25 miles North of Myrtle Beach, SC and 50 miles South of Wilmington, NC. Our closest highway is ‘Highway 17’.
TAXES: Brunswick County property tax rate is $0.4425 per hundred of assessed value Calabash City tax rate is $0.0875 per hundred of assessed value
POPULATION: Approximately 1,868 residents and is growing rapidly.
CLIMATE: Moderate and we enjoy all four seasons. We rarely have snowfall in the winter.
Primarily a fishing village with shrimp boats docking daily during the season selling fresh caught shrimp. Charter boats for tours and deep sea fishing are also available.
The Town is famous for its ‘Calabash Seafood’. This type of flavoring originated here and is unique. Others have tried to copy it with little success. If you want to taste the real ‘Calabash Seafood’, you must come to Calabash.
Calabash has all the amenities any Town would need.
Calabash Fire Department- one of the best and well equipped Fire Departments in the area. Has an ISO rating of 6 which is excellent .
The area is patrolled by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department. The crime rate is very low in this area.
Banks– Medical/Dental Offices-Churches-Post Office-Hardware Stores- Veterinarian- Deli and Pastry Shop-Souveniers-Jewlery-ice cream parlors-supermarkets-clothing stores-cleaners-lawyers and most of all restaurants. Check our current Business Directory for a detailed list.
Calabash is within 6-10 miles of two beautiful sandy beaches and 25 miles to great entertainment in Myrtle Beach. Golf courses abound in this area. Almost all are public courses and very well maintained.
Overview of Calabash History
1691 – Present
Calabash’s identity started as early as 1691 when the Lord Proprietors granted Landgraves (nobleman) Thomas Smith by patent 48,000 acres. In 1734 William Waties and Jonathan Calkins were large landowners in the area and by 1791 the prominent Allston family were raising indigo and other crops familiar to Calabash today. Around 1814 the Northeast branch of Little River was called Pea landing. During the mid 1800’s Samuel and Dr. Lorenzo Frink became large plantation owners and they in turn made Pea Landing an important shipping center.
Pea Landing saw very little action during the Civil War, except for a raid by Lincoln’s Commandos near the mouth of the Calabash River.
When a Post office was to open at Pea Landing in 1883, a name was needed and the ‘Village of Calabash’ was established.
A railroad was constructed in 1905 to handle the giant timber industry of the area. It ran from the logging fields through Calabash to the Calabash River where the logs were unloaded and floated down river to Hammer’s Mill on Shelly’s Point. In 1929, Hammer’s Mill ceased operations and the railroad became obsolete.
The World War II years saw Calabash opening restaurants and serving seafood cooked with a special flavor . This was the birth of “Calabash Seafood”. A few years later, Calabash would become known as “The Seafood Capital of the World”.
Today it is a tourist area, with an abundance of fine restaurants, shops and golf courses. It is home to about 1,800 residents, who benefit from a well run Town Government, one of the best equipped Fire Departments in the area as well as a fine EMS. Additional amenities within the town include approximately 30 restaurants, a medical center, dentists, banks, veternarian, beauty salons, unique gift stores/retail shops, golf courses, mini golf, ice cream parlors, hardware store, auto services, gas stations, as well as a fleet of shrimp boats, charter fishing boats, and a beautiful view of the Calabash River.