Little River flows into the Atlantic at the border between North and South Carolina with a population of 8,960. The community is host to an annual Blue Crab Festival each. Little River has the state’s only two casino boats, the SunCruz Aquasino and The Big M Casino. Little River was the first known community in Horry County and was first settled by the Lewis’s and Waitie, Vereen and Tilighman families. It was known as a trade goods port and fishing community, and was a regular haunt of pirates seeking refuge in its salt water marshes and estuaries off the ocean. First President George Washington visited Little River and spent the night with Jeremiah Vereen in his cabin near the South Carolina/North Carolina state line.