Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens…Little River’s Hidden Treaure!

vereen sign entranceBrunswick Plantation And Golf Resort in Calabash, NC is located just 3 miles from Little River, SC. Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens in Little River,SC is just one more reason that Brunswick Plantation is truly a “Two State Solution to Fun”! Some call this scenic park the area’s “Best Kept Secret” with 115 acres of coastal forest, tidal marsh, and intracoastal waterfront !

The view is excellent as you stroll out across the scenic pathways and trails .  The wooden boardwalk extends across several beautiful salt marshes and small islands. A  gazebo overlooks the Intracoastal Waterways and the distant waterfront of Little River.

Vereen Park picnic collagePicnic & Play Area

There are picnic tables under the trees right by convenient parking. Porch swings, as well as swings for children, are in view from the picnic tables so you can see the kids at all times.Vereen park Swinging It is a swinging Good Time! Fun for All!

SONY DSCBoardwalk Through Nature

The entrance of the boardwalk has info about the park ecosystems posted. Along the boardwalk, framed with nature’s beauty, are little plates that tell you about the birds & wildlife you may see on your journey through the park. Further down the boardwalk is a pier out into the waterway made perfect for fishing.

It is also a Birdwatchers, Paradise! One person commented that, “If you Love Birds, You’ll see lots of them at the right time!” The wide observation deck extends into the waterway and allows for some excellent photo opportunities! great_egret_jimmcreeThe Great Egret and herons, among others, has nested here.  heron_0703_hh6624So, bring your binoculars for a delightful Bird Watching Experience! Have your camera ready to capture the breath-taking scenery of nature’s glory. You never know what beautiful creatures you may see in this designated wildlife refuge!

Vereen Park is also a popular dog park! You can see folks walking dog or dogs in this peaceful place close to nature and wildlife. Just bring you doggie potty bags and stroll the scenic trails. A practical tip is the clean porta potties for you, too, when nature calls! Comments from reviews say that this serene atmosphere in nature is a great place to walk and talk and is for them, “A little bit of Heaven”!

Historical Vereen Gardens

Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens was originally part of Big Landing Plantation. On Jan. 1, 1797, this land was a portion of 400 acres that was conveyed to Jeremiah Vereen, Jr. Vereen was of French Huguenot descent.  The French spelling of the name was “Varin”. The Vereen’s came to this continent in 1680 and were in the Winyah area by 1736. In April, 1972…115 acres was deeded to the Horry County Historical Commission by Jackson Hiram Vereen to be used as a botanical garden and nature trail.

Vereen Park MemorialThe Vereen Family Cemetery is still preserved here, including the grave of Joshua Vereen. He actually entertained President George Washington when he visited the area immediately after the war, and his entourage came down King’s Road. The Vereen Gardens includes the King’s Highway which was a part of the Atlantic Coastal Transportation system, at least from the time of the earliest white settlement in the American colonies. It is said to have been traveled by Lafayette in 1777 and Washington in 1791. It is one of the few stretches of the King’s Highway to retain its unpaved original appearance. The Vereen family were instrumental in having the old family cemetery, which features Revolutionary War graves,  restored in the late 1950’s.

Restoration of King’s Highway

Dennis Chastain, a journalist writing for South Carolina Wildlife magazine, was visiting Vereen Memoirial Gardens two years ago when found a small section of old King’s Highway, the historic path that George Washington traveled during his tour of South Carolina in 1791. The road’s history was so intriguing to him that he began studying it and interviewing people who live around the path. Chastain said, “The King’s Highway in South Carolina was 123 miles long and it covers 300 years of coastal Carolina history.  There are so many great stories along the way!”

King's Highway6a00d8341c62a953ef01901e651599970b-500wiWhile Chastain has been documenting the history of the road, officials have been working to restore a 1000 Ft. section of the path at Vereen Gardens. The county is in the process of tearing down a chain link fence that was built in the roadbed. The plan by Horry County Parks & Recreation is to plant native trees and landscape this portion of the path so it will look the way it did when Washington traveled it. One person spearheading the effort to restore the road is local historian, Ben Burroughs.

vareen gardens Vereen Memorial Park and Gardens offers a good  place for you and you family if you want to go explore nature in a variety of ways. You can picnic, walk the trails and boardwalk, and go fishing or watch the ships go by on the Intracoastal Waterway! They say Bird Watchers just can’t get enough of the rich variety of birds! The family dog is welcome, too! This park might also satisfy your hunger for history! It is all here, just minutes from Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort! There is a convenient access directly off Rt. 17 and Rt. 179. As they say, “The View is excellent, the cost is free, and the experience is unique!” Enjoy!

 

Credit to:myhorrycountynews.com,   WMBFNews.com,  sciway.net , Calabashtown.com, and the C.B. Berry Community and Historical Center for this article.

 

 

 

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