Aynor, South Carolina
The town of Aynor began to grow in the early 1900s as it served as a terminus for a railroad from Conway. It is said to have been started by a man named John Eyenner who owned a farm that residents fittingly called ‘Eyenner's Farm,' but the story of how the town's name came to be is of some dispute. Incorporated in 1913, the friendly community of Aynor is located 35 miles inland on Highway 501 in western Horry County, is locally known as "Little Golden Town" and home to nearly 600 residents today.
This small town Southern town once had a bustling tobacco market, as well as a cotton gin, brickyard and several mills, but today is known for much more, including the popular Harvest Hoe Down Festival. Each September, the annual festival celebrates country living with food, games, music and fun for the entire family. The historic Hagood House, built in the 1920s, has been restored and is operated as a bed and breakfast, as well as a restaurant, offering visitors a charming way to enjoy Southern hospitality.
Each November, the Native American Waccamaw tribe holds their annual Pauwau on tribal grounds just outside of Aynor. Festivities include tribal dance and demonstrations of the rich culture and heritage of the tribe.
For more information about Aynor, South Carolina, visit the Aynor Chamber of Commerce website.