Did You Know ... The History Behind the Myrtle Beach Art Museum
The Paradise Resort is located along a beautiful stretch of the Grand Strand. With the endless ocean views, miles of white sandy beaches and relaxing days at the pool. Here at Paradise Resort, we want to truly make your vacation a vacation. If you want to get out and explore a little bit while visiting, how about heading to the Franklin G. Burroughs- Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, it is just down the road a few miles.
With FREE admission and many exhibits, and only about 2 minute drive from Paradise Resort, you might just want to add this to your list.
The Museum first opened to the public in June of 1997 – it took several artists, art patrons, business leaders, cultural enthusiasts and other private citizens about 13 years to bring their visions to life.
But the real history is the building that dated back to 1924 and was built by textile industry mogul Eugene Cannon in the Cabana Section of Myrtle Beach. It was subsequently sold to Col. Elliot White Springs for use by his family and executives of Springs Industries and re-christened Springmaid Villa.
In 1975, the Villa changed hands again and was slated for demolition. But people saw something different with and started a campaign to save Springmaid Villa. After proving it should be saved, there was one stipulation that the building had to be relocated. So, the 150-ton structure required two flatbed trucks for three full days, with a team of City employees, utility workers and every member of the Guild working side by side.
The Villa was taken to its new home eight miles south—an undeveloped property whose donation by the Myrtle Beach Farms Company, precursor to the Burroughs & Chapin Company, had been negotiated by Harry Charles.
The Art Museum is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In our 11 galleries, exhibitions change throughout the year as the Museum features a lively panorama of artists and their works including paintings, textiles, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, assemblage, collage — almost anything the artistic imagination can construct.
If a little bit of history is in your vacation plans, make sure to add this one to your next visit to Paradise Resort here in Myrtle Beach.