The Market Common

Local History Trolley Tours

In the cooler months, The Market Common offers a variety of trolley tours that feature different aspects of our local history.  Go to our Events page to see the details of the next scheduled tour that interests you.  Please contact us if you would like to arrange a private tour for your group of 30 or more by calling 843-839-3500.

The Market Common Military History Tour

What is now The Market Common, was once an important military base during WWII and later during the Cold War, Vietnam and Desert Storm.  Tour-takers will board a trolley for a one-hour narrated tour around the Market Common District learning about the history of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, and the Myrtle Beach Army Air Field during WWII which also housed a German POW camp. That will be immediately followed by a one-hour catered reception at Tupelo Honey where they will meet a historical figure who was part of the base’s history. Now in our third season, we were proud to be recognized in 2019, by the Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation for this tour.

Early Myrtle Beach & The War Years Trolley Tour

A trolley will take guests for a two-hour narrated tour that will carry them from The Market Common to Myrtle Beach’s oldest districts; making stops at Pine Lakes Country Club and the H.B. Springs Building. While aboard, they will hear about Myrtle Beach’s earliest years and what it was like during WWII, 1941-1945, with U-boat threats off the coast and the arrival of German POWs.

The Myrtle Beach History, Movies & Music Trolley Tour

Guests will board a trolley for a two-hour narrated tour that will take them from The Market Common on a ride around Myrtle Beach; making stops at the Jack Thompson Gallery, where they will meet the beloved local icon who is both photographer and historian, and the South Carolina Hall of Fame. While aboard, they will hear about Myrtle Beach’s coming of age in the mid-twentieth century to present day, the movies that were made or premiered here, and the significance of music– whether beach music or country– in Myrtle Beach’s history.