The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and the City of Myrtle Beach held a ribbon cutting and rededication ceremony for Nance Plaza
on Wednesday, March 6. The plaza is at the intersection of Ninth Avenue North and Kings Highway, on the site of the former Flatiron Building. Nance Plaza features a lit water fountain, surrounded by brick walkways and a new wrought iron fence.
It honors Daniel Wayne Nance and Mary Ellen Todd Nance for their significant contributions to Myrtle Beach’s early civic, business and religious growth. Daniel Wayne Nance was a master builder and was responsible for construction of many downtown homes and commercial buildings near the plaza, as well as historic homes along North Ocean Boulevard.
In the early 1900s, at the age of sixteen, Mr. Nance moved to Myrtle Beach from Shallotte, North Carolina traveling in an ox-drawn cart. The late Mrs. Nance’s family owned a large farm and fishery near Withers Swash. Together, the couple had ten children while building and operating guest boarding facilities. Mr. Nance served as a commissioner for “Dogwood Neck Township,” which became modern-day Myrtle Beach when it was incorporated in 1938.
More than 30 members of the Nance family were on hand for the rededication. “I hope that this shows our community that the city is committed to revitalizing this beautiful area, the heart of our downtown,” said Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune.
In the near future, look for family-friendly events at Nance Plaza, providing an opportunity for everyone to enjoy both the space and exciting entertainment.
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