Pawleys Island is a barrier island surrounded by the Waccamaw Neck, a narrow peninsula between the ocean and the river, and the Atlantic Ocean. Winyah Native Americans were the earliest known inhabitants of the area. The town government was incorporated in 1985. Although less secluded and more upscale than it was only a decade ago, Pawleys Island still retains a quaintness and a relaxed pace which makes it a rare island along the U.S. east coast. The water temperature is comfortable from May to October, and there is abundant fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and birdwatching most months of the year.
Litchfield is an unincorporated community in Georgetown County, South Carolina. It lies in the Waccamaw Neck section, 3 miles north of Pawleys Island. The communities Litchfield-By-The-Sea and North Litchfield are within Litchfield Beach. The community takes its name from Litchfield Plantation, a rice plantation founded early in the 18th century. Modern development of the community began in the 1960