Marion is a beautiful Victorian town with preserved houses, businesses and church buildings.. Some are available for tour. Taylor’s Barber Shop has been in business in the same building, owned by the same family since 1913. It is worth the trip to Marion to visit or experience this treasure. Baxley’s Hardware is a yesteryear business that has survived the Walmart invasion.
Enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Come and paddle one of the scenic rivers: Lumber, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee or Waccamaw.
Revolutionary War general and hero, Francis Marion, nicknamed the “Swamp Fox,” lent his name to the city and county where The Grove is located. He led battles in the area and contributed significantly to the southern campaign. Marion County features opportunities to explore and understand this important historical figure.
At The Grove, we have a parlor dedicated to his memory. It contains books, pictures, and documents Revolutionary War historians and students would find of great interest. Innkeeper Denley Caughman is also a Revolutionary War re-enactor who collects extensive period and reproduction memorabilia. Ask him about his tent, his outfit, and hand-crafted officer’s field mess kit.
Students of history may also find assets to pursue their studies including the Marion County Archives and Marion County Museum. Marion is located in the heart of the Eastern South Carolina Heritage Region, an area known for its artistic and architectural offerings, its African-American history, its extensive military heritage, its natural and agricultural richness, as well as its racing tradition.