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.  Each one offers refreshments ranging from a reception with light fare to a full meal.  Please contact us if you would like to arrange for 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. We were proud to be recognized in 2019, by the Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation for this tour.

The Market Common Local Ghosts, Historic Folk & Pirates Tour

Guests will board a trolley for a two-hour narrated tour that will take them from The Market Common to Murrells Inlet, SC, where they will have a brief introductory visit to Brookgreen Gardens; they will then tour Atalaya—the fortress-like former beach home of the Huntingtons at what is now the state park that bears their name; and ride through Murrells Inlet’s Historic Waterfront District. While aboard, they will hear our area’s most beloved ghost stories, pirate tales and interesting accounts of historic figures who were once here. A reception featuring samples from several of The Market Common eateries will be held afterwards.

The Market Common Early Myrtle Beach & The War Years 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 neighborhoods; making stops at Pine Lakes Country Club and the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum. 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. A reception featuring samples from several of The Market Common eateries will be held afterwards.

Not a Trolley Tour, But a Whole Lot of Fun:  The Market Common SHAG 30th Anniversary Celebration

SHAG, the movie that was made and set in Myrtle Beach was released 30 years ago and we are celebrating.  Guests will enjoy upscale southern fare at Tupelo Honey while hearing the story behind the making of the motion picture. Those in attendance who were in the movie will be acknowledged. The delightful experience culminates with a private screening of the beloved film.  This event is scheduled for lunch or dinner.