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Conway is located in Horry County, of which it is the county seat. Conway is situated between Myrtle Beach and Marion along Highway 701 on the banks of the Waccamaw River. Conway is the county seat of Horry County, the easternmost county in South Carolina.

Conway is part of the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina metro area.

Conway was founded in 1733 and incorporated in 1898. It is one of the oldest towns in America. The town was renamed Conwayborough (later shortened to Conway) in honor of Robert Conway, a veteran of the Revolution and a prominent local legislator.

The Conway historic trail features sites, some of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Conway's live oaks are one of the most prized possessions. All of the historic oaks measure from the smallest at 6-foot circumference to an amazing 20-foot circumference. Touted as "Conway's Oldest Citizens," the live oaks are ornamented by Spanish Moss and Resurrection Ferns.

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