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GETTING THERE

There are a multitude of web pages online to help you plan your trip. Listed below are but a few.

Stop in any of the State Tourism Welcome Centers to pick up a South Carolina state road map and brochures on sites of interest in the area. There's a South Carolina Welcome Center just a few miles from Dillon at Hamer (just over the border from North Carolina). You can check their website at Hamer Welcome Center (link no longer works) for hours.

ACCOMMODATIONS

There are plenty of motels to choose from in the area. Most of the familiar chains are represented right at I-95 Exit 193 (SC 9, SC 57, Dillon, Little Rock):
Comfort Inn
Days Inn
EconoLodge
Hampton Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Howard Johnson
Travelodge

If you want to pamper yourself, there are several B&Bs available nearby. Check at Pee Dee Country Bed & Breakfast Inns ONLINE for locations and rates. The closest to Dillon is Abingdon Manor in Latta and it's lovely. (Just take a peek at their web site!)

VISIT / RESEARCH

Don't forget to check the Announcements on the main page for any family reunions scheduled!

  1. Dillon County Chamber of Commerce
    126 N. Macarthur Ave.
    Dillon, SC 29536-3434
    Tel: (843) 774-8551
    You can get a street map here which will help you find your way around Dillon County.

    You can purchase a Marion County street map at the
    Marion County Chamber of Commerce
    118 Harllee Street
    Marion, S.C. 29571

  2. County courthouse
    • Dillon County - for records 1910 to present
      401 W. Main Street
      Dillon, S.C. 29536
    • See Marion County for county records prior to Dillon's formation in 1910.

    • The Marion County courthouse is at:
      201 Court Street
      Marion, S.C. 29571
      Most county records from c. 1800-c.1900 are located at the Marion County Archives research center, but you should check with the Archives center to ascertain which facility -- archives or courthouse -- holds the record group you seek.
  3. Libraries:
    • Latta Library 101 N. Marion Street, Latta, SC
      Tel: (843) 752-5389

    • Dillon Library 600 E. Main Street, Dillon, S.C.
      Tel: (843) 774-0330
    • Lake View Library 207 S Main St., Lake View, SC 29563
      Tel: (843) 759-2692
    • Marion Library
      101 E. Court Street, Marion
      (Can't miss it, big statue in front, corner of Main and Court. It'll be on your left if you're driving to Marion from Dillon)

    • LDS Family History Center
      (closest is in Florence, SC, about 35 miles from Dillon)

      Family History Center
      600 Maynard
      Florence, Florence County, South Carolina
      Phone: 843-662-2967
      Hours: T-Th 10am-3pm, 6pm-9pm; F,Sat 10am-3pm.
      Closed: Mar 30, Jul 4, Nov 28, Dec 22-31.
  4. Marion County Archives
    101 North Main Street,
    Marion, SC

    Not to be missed! Archivist R. Maxcy Foxworth, Jr. has done a wonderful job of organizing many of Marion County's earliest records and creating a research center for visitors. The Archives also houses the holdings of the Pee Dee Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society, and if you're looking for past issues of the Pee Dee Queue Newsletter or chapter publications (books, etc.), be sure to check here.

    Located in the old Records Building on the Courthouse Square in Marion, SC.
    Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon - 5:00 PM

  5. Genealogical Society Meetings
    The Pee Dee Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society meets on the second Sunday of the month at 3:00 PM at the Marion County Archives, 101 North Main Street, Marion, SC. There are no meetings in July, August, or December. In May, there is a tour and picnic.


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