A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. The term is used in Canada, Romania and the United States. County towns have a similar function in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, in Jamaica. In most of the United States, counties are the political subdivisions of a state; the city, town, or populated place that houses county government is known as the seat of its respective county. The county legislature, county courthouse, sheriff's department headquarters, hall of records and correctional facility are located in the county seat though some functions may be located or conducted in other parts of the county if it is geographically large. A county seat is but not always, an incorporated municipality; the exceptions include the county seats of counties that have no incorporated municipalities within their borders, such as Arlington County, Virginia. Ellicott City, the county seat of Howard County, is the largest unincorporated county seat in the United States, followed by Towson, the county seat of Baltimore County, Maryland.
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Counties in this region have served as dividing lines for the states' judicial systems. Connecticut and Rhode Island have no county level of thus no county seats. In Vermont and Maine the county seats are designated shire towns. County government consists only of a Superior Court and Sheriff, both located in the respective shire town. Bennington County has two shire towns. In Massachusetts, most government functions which would otherwise be performed by county governments in other states are performed by town or city governments; as such, Massachusetts has dissolved many of its county governments, the state government now operates the registries of deeds and sheriff's offices in those counties. In Virginia, a county seat may be an independent city surrounded by, but not part of, the county of which it is the administrative center. Two counties in South Dakota have their county seat and government services centered in a neighboring county, their county-level services are provided by Fall River Tripp County, respectively.
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Georgetown County, South Carolina
Georgetown County is a county located in the U. S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,158, its county seat is Georgetown. The county was founded in 1769, it is named for George III of the United Kingdom. Georgetown County comprises the Georgetown, SC Micropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Myrtle Beach-Conway, SC-NC Combined Statistical Area. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,035 square miles, of which 814 square miles is land and 221 square miles is water. Georgetown County has several rivers, including the Great Pee Dee River, the Waccamaw River, Black River, Sampit River, all of which flow into Winyah Bay; the Santee River, which forms the southern boundary of the county, empties directly into the Atlantic. The Intracoastal Waterway crosses Winyah Bay; the rivers and the bay have had a decisive effect on human development of the area as the city of Georgetown has an excellent seaport and harbor. Georgetown County is a diverse county with four distinct areas: 1.
The Atlantic coastline called Waccamaw Neck, including the communities of Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island and DeBordieu, is part of "The Grand Strand", which includes Myrtle Beach to the north. The Georgetown County part of the Grand Strand used to be rural, but is exploding with development today. Condos line the shoreline at Litchfield, many of the old cottages at Pawleys are being demolished for larger houses. DeBordieu is a gated community. Empty beachfront has disappeared and wild areas are vanishing. A few wilder areas are being saved, as these provide critical habitat as part of the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds. Huntington Beach State Park preserves some of the coastline and coastal marshes in the northern section, with nearby Brookgreen Gardens preserving a historical rice plantation and some forest. Brookgreen Gardens, with a nature center and many outdoor sculptures, is a popular tourist spot; the University of South Carolina and Clemson University maintain the Belle W. Baruch research site at Hobcaw Barony on Waccamaw Neck.
The islands around the outlet of Winyah Bay are designated as the "Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve". This area is home to the northernmost occurring hammocks of South Carolina's signature sabal palmetto tree. 2. The riverfronts have had little recent development; such properties were once used for rice plantations. After the Civil War, the loss of slave labor, the plantations ceased production. Today they are wild areas, accessible only by boat. In some areas, the earthworks, such as dikes and water gates used for rice culture, still exist, as well as a few of the plantation houses. Litchfield Plantation has been redeveloped as a country inn. Great blue herons, an occasional bald eagle can be seen along the waterways. Fishing is a popular activity. A tiny community accessible only by boat is in the Pee Dee River. Residents are descendants of slaves who worked plantations on the island, they are trying to keep out development; the Federal government began buying land along the rivers for the new Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge, intended to protect such wild areas.
The headquarters of the refuge will be at Yauhannah in the northern part of the county. 3. Georgetown is a small historic city founded in colonial times, it is a port for shrimp boats. Yachting "snowbirds" are seen at the docks in spring and fall. 4. The inland rural areas are thinly populated; some upland areas are good for forestry. Several Carolina bays are thought to be craters from a meteor shower; these areas are rich in biodiversity. Carvers Bay, the largest, was extensively damaged by use as a practice bombing range by US military forces during World War II. Draining of the bay has further damaged its environment. Horry County - northeast Marion County - north Williamsburg County - northwest Berkeley County - west Charleston County - southwest Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 55,797 people, 21,659 households, 15,854 families residing in the county; the population density was 68 people per square mile. There were 28,282 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county was 59.69% White, 38.61% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.81% from other races, 0.49% from two or more races. 1.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 21,659 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.10% were married couples living together, 15.10% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.80% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.20% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.01. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $35,312, the median income for a family was $41,554.
Males had a median income of $31,110 versus $20,910 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,805. About 13.40% of families and 17.10% of the popula
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is a coastal city on the East Coast of the United States in Horry County, South Carolina. It is in the center of a large and continuous 60-mile stretch of beach known as "The Grand Strand" in northeastern South Carolina. Ranked as the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country, Myrtle Beach is one of the major centers of tourism in South Carolina and the United States because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches, attracting an estimated 14 million visitors each year; as of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,109, in 2016 the estimated population was 32,240. The Myrtle Beach metropolitan area had an estimated population in 2016 of 449,495. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Long Bay area was inhabited by the native Waccamaw tribe; the Waccamaw fished along the shore around Little River. Waties Island, the primary barrier island along Long Bay, has evidence of burial and shell mounds, remains of the visiting Waccamaw; the first European settlers along Long Bay arrived in the late 18th century, attempting to extend the plantation system outward towards the ocean.
Records are sparse from this period, with most of the recorded history pieced together from old land grant documents. These settlers were met with mixed results, producing unremarkable quantities of indigo and tobacco, as the coast's soil was sandy and most of the crop yields were of an inferior quality. Prior to the American Revolution, the area along the future Grand Strand was uninhabited. Several families received land grants along the coast, including the Witherses: John, Richard and Mary; this family received an area around present-day Wither's Swash known as Myrtle Swash or the Eight-Mile Swash. A separate grant was granted to James Minor, including a barrier island named Minor Island, now Waties Island, off the coast near Little River. Mary Withers' gravestone at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church speaks to the remoteness of the former Strand: "She gave up the pleasures of Society and retired to Long Bay, where she resided a great part of her life devoted to the welfare of her children."As the American colonies gained independence, the area remained unchanged, the coast remained barren.
George Washington scouted out the Southern states during his term, traveling down the King's Highway. He was led across Wither's Swash to Georgetown by Jeremiah Vereen; the Withers family remained one of the few settlers around Myrtle Beach for the next half-century. In 1822, a strong hurricane swept the house of R. F. Withers into the ocean, drowning 18 people inside; the tragedy made. Left unattended, the area began to return to forest; the Burroughs and Collins Company of Conway, predecessor of modern-day Burroughs & Chapin, purchased much of the Withers family's land in 1881, the growing community was called "New Town" around the start of the 20th century. A post office named "Withers" was established to serve the site of the old Swash in 1888. On February 28, 1899, Burroughs and Collins received a charter to build the Conway & Seashore Railroad to transport timber from the coast to inland customers; the railroad began daily service on May 1900, with two wood-burning locomotives. One of the engines was dubbed The Black Maria and came second-hand from a North Carolina logging operation.
After the railroad was finished, employees of the lumber and railroad company would take train flatcars down to the beach area on their free weekends, becoming the first Grand Strand tourists. The railroad terminus was nicknamed contrasting it with the "Old Town", or Conway. Around the start of the 20th century, Franklin Burroughs envisioned turning New Town into a tourist destination rivaling the Florida and northeastern beaches. Burroughs died in 1897, but his sons completed the railroad's expansion to the beach and opened the Seaside Inn in 1901. Around 1900, a contest was held to name the area, Burroughs' wife suggested honoring the locally abundant shrub, the southern wax myrtle; the Withers post office changed its name to "Myrtle Beach" soon afterward. It incorporated as a town in 1938 and as a city in 1957. In 1937, Myrtle Beach Municipal Airport was built, it was converted into a military base. Commercial flights began in 1976 and shared the runway for over 15 years until the air base closed in 1993.
Since the airport has been named Myrtle Beach International Airport. In 2010 plans to build a new terminal were approved. In 1940, Kings Highway was paved, giving Myrtle Beach its first primary highway; the Myrtle Heights-Oak Park Historic District, Myrtle Beach Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Station, Ocean Forest Country Club, Pleasant Inn, Rainbow Court are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Listed were the Chesterfield Inn and the Myrtle Beach Pavilion, both now demolished; the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove on the Boardwalk was built in 1946, sells seashells and Myrtle Beach souvenirs. It claims to be the "nation's largest gift shop". Myrtle Beach has been separated from the continental United States since 1936 by the Intracoastal Waterway, forcing the city and area in general to develop within a small distance from the coast. In part due to this separation, the area directly northwest of Myrtle Beach, across the waterway, remained rural for a while, whereas its northeastern and southwestern ends were bordered by other developed tourist towns, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.
Since the inland portion of the Myrtle Beach area has developed dramatically. Myrtle Beach is 67 miles (108 k
Carolina Forest High School
Carolina Forest High School is located in Horry County, South Carolina, United States, in the Carolina Forest attendance area. The school is one of nine high schools within Horry County Schools; the school serves parts of eastern Conway. 2700 students attend Carolina Forest High School each year. It is led by Principal Gaye Driggers and Assistant Principals Kristin Altman, Jimmy Bailey, Ronnie Burgess, Michael DiMeglio, Sandra McKnight, Doug Soles. Carolina Forest High School was built by Hay Construction Company; the school opened on August 25, 1997, as Carolina Forest Education Center to serve grades 6-12. Although the combined middle school/high school idea has long since been abandoned, the 352,078-square-foot, sixty acre facility is now used as a high school; the basic structure of this facility is based on an 1876 schoolhouse. Improvements to the school include renovation of all science labs on the southwest side of campus and conversion of many of the auxiliary buildings into student amenity centers.
In 1997, Carolina Forest Education Center opened and welcomed students from the Conway, Myrtle Beach, Socastee attendance areas. The middle school opened with grades 6-8. Wendell Shealy was principal of the complex; the "Education Center" concept was scrapped. In years, Shealy was made principal of Carolina Forest Middle School and Ron Malone became principal of Carolina Forest High School, although his tenure was short. There were a series of interim principals for the high school which created instability and a lack of progress. Rick Maxey assumed the principalship of CFHS from 1998-2000 Maxey left the school to become principal of Conway High School. Velna Allen, who had served as assistant principal under Maxey, became principal and remains in that post. Allen had been a mathematics teacher at Conway High School for several years prior to her administrative positions at CFHS. At the end of the 2004-2005 school year Shealy retired, his leadership laid the foundation for many of the programs taken for granted at both schools.
Cindy Thibodeau became principal of Carolina Forest Middle School. At the end of the 2005-2006 school year Carolina Forest Middle School ceased to exist. Due to a population explosion in the Carolina Forest area, two new middle schools have been constructed: Ocean Bay Middle School and Blackwater Middle School; the old middle school section of the Carolina Forest Education Center has now been absorbed into the high school. The school now consists of 14 separate buildings: seven Academic Hallways, a library building, an art studio, a journalism building, a fitness center, a drama building, an auxiliary building, a central building containing the main offices, an auditorium, a cafeteria, two gymnasiums, several classrooms. Grades 9–12 have available to them science laboratories, advanced placement courses, college credits, college preparatory, career academic assistance classes; the school is accredited by the South Carolina Department of Education and the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Associating Colleges and Schools.
The faculty consists of: 102 staff with 35 holding bachelor's degrees, 54 Master’s Degrees, 10 Master’s Degree + 30 and 3 Doctorate Degrees. Students are placed in classes based upon achievement on standardized tests, teacher recommendation, course availability. Students are ranked at the end of their junior year, the 135th day of their senior year, final rank is calculated at the end of the senior year. Rank is calculated based on all courses taken using the South Carolina Uniform Grading scale. Graduating class of 2009: Size: 314. Scholarship awards totaled $7,322,586.00 Average SAT score for the graduating class of 2009–1048. Average ACT score is 21.5. AP passing test results with a 3 or better are as follows: AP Calculus AB 88%, AP World History 86%, AP English Language 83%, AP English Literature 69%, AP US History 46%, AP Biology 53%. In 1997, Mark Roach was hired as athletic director, his immediate concern was facilities because the school lacked proper facilities for many of its teams, including football.
Roach and Shane Williamson, the first head football coach at CFHS, worked hard to obtain funding for a football stadium, completed in time for the 1998 season. Roach did such an outstanding job that he was hired by Horry County Schools to oversee a phased in development plan for athletic facilities throughout the district. Under this plan, all Horry County Schools saw major improvements over the course of several years. Tennis courts were built and baseball and football stadiums improved, including the construction of the long overdue Backyard at Conway High School. Roach was hired by Coastal Carolina University as assistant athletic director. Mickey Wilson, Sr. took over from Roach and headed athletics until 2000 when Michael Morris took over. Coach Morris led several efforts to improve facilities and the quality of coaching at CFHS, he left in 2005. Bubba Lewis became A. D. and held the position until 2008. Boe Rainbow has held the position since. 2011 season For the 2011 season the boys' soccer team finished with a 17-3-1 record and went undefeated in the region.
This included a 2-month span without losing a state ranking of 3rd in the AAAA class. The team had major victories over Bishop England, Mill Creek, GA, Aiken High School; the team made it to the 3rd round of the playoffs, losing 1-0 to Wando, who went on to win the State Championship. Shane Williamson was the first head coach for varsity football at CF
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet is an unincorporated area and census-designated place straddling the line between Horry and Georgetown Counties in South Carolina, United States. The population was 7,547 at the 2010 census; the community was once a fishing village, but has grown in modern time, along with the rest of the Grand Strand, into a popular tourist and retirement location. It is most known for the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk, a 1⁄2-mile-long boardwalk overlooking a salt marsh and which houses many restaurants. Murrells Inlet is located in northeastern Georgetown County at 33°33′6″N 79°2′56″W; the northern edge of the CDP follows the Horry County line. U. S. Route 17 runs through the center of the community, leading northeast 13 miles to Myrtle Beach and southwest 21 miles to Georgetown, the seat of Georgetown County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the Murrells Inlet CDP has a total area of 7.5 square miles, of which 7.4 square miles are land and 0.2 square miles, or 2.21%, are water. The land around Murrells Inlet has a record of settlement that goes back thousands of years, before written history, but evident in the shell mounds and archeological findings from the Atlantic Ocean to the Waccamaw River.
The early inhabitants included the Waccamaw people, who took advantage of the natural resources provided by the creeks and rivers. Wachesaw is loosely translated in reference to the burial grounds. Indian burial mounds have been found along the high bluffs at Wachesaw that contained European beads and other artifacts; the recorded history of the area goes back to the days of English settlements and the land grants of the Lords Proprietors, when large portions of the Waccamaw Neck were divided into baronies that stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Waccamaw River. The baronies were tens of thousands of acres that were subdivided into long narrow plantations that ranged from 500 to 1,500 acres; the plantations of Murrells Inlet included The Oaks, Springfield, Laurel Hill, Richmond Hill, Wachesaw. The first land grants were given to Robert Daniell in 1711, who in turn sold to several other speculators, with the first planters arriving in the 1730s to begin building settlements; the most notable was Captain John Murrell, who bought 2,340 acres which became Wachesaw and Richmond Hill plantations, built a house on the bluff there around 1733.
He was a subsistence farmer, raised indigo as the primary cash crop. He died in 1771 and left his land to his son Daniel and his two daughters, after which it became the two separate plantations. Wachesaw Plantation was purchased by Allard Belin around 1800, while Richmond Hill passed through Murrell descendants until it was sold to an Allston. Adjacent plantations were owned by a host of famous planters, including Plowden Weston, his grandson Plowden C. J. Weston, William Allston, Benjamin Allston, Dr. Henry Flagg, Allard Flagg, Joshua Ward, Allard Belin and their descendants; these plantations prospered during the establishment of the rice culture of the 1800s. These men were involved with supporting the American cause during the Revolutionary War, including William Allston, a captain under and brother-in-law of Francis Marion; the Waccamaw Neck planters were represented in the state Senate and House, as well as the Governor's and Lieutenant Governor's office during the 1800s. The rice planters were active in the establishment of social and religious organizations, including the Planters Club, the Winyah Indigo Society, the Hot and Hot Fish Club, the All Saints Academy, the Waccamaw Methodist Mission, All Saints Waccamaw.
The names of the families are shown on the various historic maps that date back as far as 1783 – the listing of the Murrell family on the first maps is the most credible explanation of the origin of the name "Murrells Inlet". It has been alternately shown as "Morrall's Inlet" and "Murrays Inlet" on maps; the rice plantation era came to an end after the Civil War with the emancipation of the slaves and a series of hurricanes that climaxed with the 1893 Hurricane. The loss of the slave labor resulted in the decline of the fields and water control structures required for rice cultivation, since planters had to rely on freedmen to work the fields. Several powerful hurricanes following the Civil War and up to the 1893 hurricane resulted in uprooted trees and flood-damaged dikes in the rice fields and ended the production of rice on the Waccamaw Neck; the 1893 hurricane became known as the Flagg Flood, because the Flagg families that lived in houses on Magnolia Beach were swept away in the storm surge.
Dr. Ward Flagg survived the storm and retired to the miller's cottage in Brookgreen and never visited the ocean again. After Dr. Allard Flagg's death in 1901, his daughter sold Wachesaw and the Hermitage to Samuel Sidney Fraser, a real estate speculator, who bought and sold interests in several old plantations after the Civil War. Fraser held onto the plantation before selling to Robert Ernest Beaty in 1905. Clarke A. Willcox of Marion purchased Wachesaw and the Hermitage in 1910 for $10,000 to use as a summer retreat; the Willcox family retained the Hermitage, but sold Wachesaw in 1930 to
Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Pawleys Island is a town in Georgetown County, South Carolina, United States, the Atlantic coast barrier island on which the town is located. Pawleys Island's population was 103 at the 2010 census, down from 138 in 2000; the post office address includes an unincorporated area on the mainland adjacent to the island, which includes a commercial district along the Ocean Highway and a residential area between the highway and the Waccamaw River. The island is on the southern end of The Grand Strand and is one of the oldest resort areas of the US East Coast; the town of Pawleys Island, though, is only on the island. The island lies off the Waccamaw Neck, a long, narrow peninsula between the ocean and the river, is connected to the mainland by two bridges, the North Causeway and the South Causeway; the earliest known inhabitants of the Pawleys Island area were Winyah Native Americans. They called the area "Chiquola" or "Chicora", meaning "the land"; the Waccamaw tribe got its name from the nearby Waccamaw river.
The river is referred to the natives as "going" which influenced their name. These tribes lived off of the sea, they embellished many amenities that it came including Oysters. The ocean winds and the abundant source of wildlife made it ideal for these tribes. Today there is some evidence left such as "middens", these are huge plies of shells from the oysters that were harvested by these tribes. There are still a few Waccamaw natives left unlike their neighboring tribe, the Winyahs who are extinct; the Winyahs inherit their name from the Winyah Bay, an area known for its surplus of wildlife much like Pawleys Island. In the early 1700s the colonists from Europe began to set up markets and shops to barter and sell items with these tribes; this was short lived, soon fights began to breakout and many problems arose causing complete destruction of these tribes. The island became a refuge from summer mosquitoes because of common windy conditions; the town's namesake George Pawley owned the island during the colonial era, sold portions of it to other planters seeking to escape malaria.
In 1791, two years after he was elected president, George Washington toured the Grand Strand, travelling The King's Highway in the unincorporated portion off Pawleys Island to visit the Alstons, wealthy planters who owned several plantations in the area. Rice fields occupied the Waccamaw River side of the neck. With Hurricane Hugo in 1989, some island cottages have since been replaced; the island bans commercial or industrial buildings on the island with the exception of a'70s condominium complex and a few grandfathered inns, including the SeaView Inn and the PCJ Weston House, now the Pelican Inn. The town government was incorporated in 1985; the water temperature is comfortable from May to October, there is abundant fishing, crabbing and birdwatching most months of the year. All Saints' Episcopal Church, Cedar Grove Plantation Chapel, Pawleys Island Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the Town of Pawleys Island is located just off U. S. Route 17 10 miles east of Georgetown.
The island itself, located at 33°25′47″N 79°07′18″W, is a little over three miles long and about one-quarter of a mile wide. To the east-southeast lies the Atlantic Ocean; the island is a sandy barrier, with some dunes on the northern end up to about 15 feet high. The southern end is low. Behind the island is a tidal creek/marsh. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles, of which 0.7 square mile is land and 0.3 square mile is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 138 people, 81 households, 43 families residing in the town; the population density was 196.9 people per square mile. There were 521 housing units at an average density of 743.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 92.03% White, 7.25% African American, 0.72% from two or more races. There were 81 households out of which 9.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 1.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 46.9% were non-families.
45.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.70 and the average family size was 2.30. In the town, the population was spread out with 8.0% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 50.7% from 45 to 64, 25.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 55 years. For every 100 females, there were 76.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $51,964, the median income for a family was $97,125. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $27,500 for females; the per capita income for the town was $48,183. There were none of the families and 1.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64. The Gray Man is a famous purported ghost local to Pawleys Island and is said to have walked the coastline for nearly 200 years, his presence is said to warn of other dangers.
The most common origin story of the Gray Man is that in 1822 a young woman was staying on the island with her family when she received word that her fiancé was going to join her there. Delighted with the news, she prepared all of his favorite dishes in anticipation of his arrival; however as her fiancé was traveling to the house he challenged his servants to a race on their horses. As they raced he decided to take it; the horse stumbled in the marsh, throwing hi
Carolina Forest Boulevard
Carolina Forest Boulevard is the main roadway through Carolina Forest, South Carolina built when the development by International Paper was created in the 1990s. The road is 6 miles in length, runs through the center of the Carolina Forest development. A one-mile segment near Carolina Forest Plaza and US 501 is five lanes and narrows into two lanes near Carolina Forest Elementary School, it ends at Village Center Boulevard, just after intersecting River Oaks Drive. Previous to the development of Carolina Forest, the path of Carolina Forest included scattered logging roads in the immense tract of land owned by International Paper. West Perry Road and various other dirt logging roads, as evidenced on earlier maps, make out a rough path of the current roadway. In November 1995, the first part of Carolina Forest Boulevard was completed, which would help provide an 11-mile loop throughout the tract of land along with River Oaks Drive; the two roads would link the new development of Carolina Forest with the older River Oaks development several miles east.
The western 1.25 miles of the boulevard were five lanes designed to carry heavy traffic to the new Carolina Forest Plaza, the U. S. Post Office, Carolina Forest Elementary School, two golf courses, several residential neighborhoods. In August 2004, a third lane was added near Carolina Forest Elementary School to accommodate school traffic. In October 2007, eastern parts of Carolina Forest Boulevard were expanded to accommodate the commercial development in the Town Centre area of Carolina Forest. River Oaks Drive, along with International Drive, were both widened to five lanes in the area. In February 2008, it was announced that bids were being taken to widen Carolina Forest Boulevard to five lanes from Carolina Forest Elementary School to Walkers Woods; the widening project commenced in April 2008. The project was completed in mid-August 2008 with a stoplight and pedestrian walkways added at Gateway Road. Postal Way, an additional traffic connector in the area, opened as a separate project in November 2008 which coincided with the finalizations of the Carolina Forest Boulevard road project.
Carolina Forest Boulevard was extended into the Village Square Shopping Center and terminates at Village Center Boulevard. Plans call for the entire road to be widened into a multi-lane, divided highway running through the center of Carolina Forest; as of June 2011, 4.7 miles of the 6.25 miles road still needs widening, at a cost of $9 to $10 million, with bicycle paths to be included