Conway National Bank


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About Conway National Bank

Since 1903, Conway National Bank has strived to be a trusted friend and a bank of opportunity for generations of families, businesses, and individuals. Equipped with the most advanced banking technology, and with offices throughout Horry County (pronounced “o’ree”), the Grand Strand, and the Waccamaw Neck area of Georgetown County, CNB is a modern bank operating on time-honored principles of community service.

Until the shriek of a train whistle finally opened Horry County, South Carolina, to the outside world, no banks existed in Horry County. All of that changed with the railroad in 1887. By 1903, a railroad was running between Conway and Myrtle Beach, primarily to haul timber, but also taking increasing numbers of passengers to the new seaside resort of Myrtle Beach. A small group of civic and business leaders saw the need for another bank, and on June 5 received the charter for the Bank of Horry. Tradition holds that the bank had its beginning when South Carolina Congressman Robert Scarborough took a vacation to his Conway hometown around 1902, accompanied by his secretary, Will Freeman.

Freeman had served as the first mayor of Chadbourn, North Carolina, and in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps before working with Scarborough. During his Conway holiday, Freeman went fishing in the Waccamaw River, caught a heavy string of fish, and gave notice that he was not returning to Washington. The Congressman suggested establishing a local bank instead; and when the charter for the Bank of Horry was issued in 1903, it listed Scarborough as president and Freeman as cashier and teller… Continue reading about    Conway National Bank here


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