W.L. Bryan House (Built 1912-1913)
606 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526
Headquarters of the Horry County Historical Society
The W.L. Bryan House is located on the site of the first
Burroughs Graded School, 1879-1903. It
is said that Franklin G. Burroughs bought this particular piece of land as the
location for the school because it was located near the Peggy Ludlam Spring which
could provide good drinking water for the pupils. By 1905 the old schoolhouse was outgrown and a
new school building was built just down the street at the corner of
William Lamar Bryan was born in Horry County, SC on November
20, 1871 and died on October 19, 1927.
His family was from the Little River area of
Miss Leethard Douglass Lewis came to Conway in 1910 and
taught in the Burroughs Graded School.
She was from Ridgeway, in
Fairfield County, SC. On October
2, 1912 she married W.L. Bryan. The
At the time of W.L. Bryan, Sr.’s death on October 13, 1927,
he was Clerk of Court for Horry County and Mrs. Bryan filled out his unexpired
term. She returned to teaching in the
Conway City Schools in 1929 and retired in 1954. She died on December 15, 1956. Their son, Lamar, Jr., was a graduate of
Vanderbilt Medical School and had died on December 10, 1941. He was 27 and was employed by the University
of South Carolina in Columbia. Their
daughter Rebecca Randall Bryan was employed by Conway National Bank for 30
years and was a charter member of the Horry County Historical Society. Upon her death, on September 25, 1999, Rebecca
left to the Horry County Historical Society her family home at
The Bryan House features a large one story wrap around porch and a second story sleeping porch. The sleeping porch has been enclosed. In the back yard is a structure that Miss Bryan called the “Tank House”. It consists of a structure built around an apparently pre-existing water tower. An old photograph shows a water tank on top of the tower but that tank has been removed. Everything below the roofline seems to be intact. There is a well below the structure from which water was pumped up into the tank and then gravity allowed water to flow through pipes into the house.
For many years, the Bryan House served as a home for many female schoolteachers who boarded there.
October 3, 2003