Susan's Bio

Susan Hoffer McMillan developed her passion for history in 1994 when she volunteered on an archaeological dig at a former Georgetown County rice plantation. A journalism background combined with her childhood hobby of collecting postcards led to the vivid postcard and pictorial history books for which she is known. McMillan is the author of Myrtle Beach and Conway in Vintage Postcards (2001), Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck in Vintage Postcards (2003), Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand (2004), and the cooauthor of McClellanville and the St. James, Santee Parish (2006), all published by Arcadia Publishing.

McMillan now divides her time between Conway and McClellanville, speaking on area history and leading archaeological digs as director of Waccamaw Archaeology Partnership. A graduate and former trustee of Winthrop University with a master's degree from the University of South Carolina, she is president of the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies, vice-president of the Horry County Historical Society, secretary of the Horry County Museum Foundation and a member of the Georgetown County Historical Society and the Village Museum in McClellanville. She serves on the Lowcountry Advisory Committee of the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Board of Visitors at Winthrop University and at the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Coastal Carolina University. McMillan and her husband Marshall are the parents of three adult children.


Susan's new book, Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, was released in October 2007. This book offers a special view of life by placing historical images side by side with contemporary photographs.


Current career: Author
McClellanville and the St. James Santee Parish, 2006
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand, 2004
Georgetown and the Waccamaw Neck in Vintage Postcards, 2003
Myrtle Beach and Conway in Vintage Postcards, 2001
History tour guide for Hopsewee Plantation & The City of Conway


Past careers
Instructor in Plantation Archaeology, Brookgreen Gardens
Research Assistant in Archaeology, Coastal Carolina University
News and feature writer, The West Horry Journal
English and journalism teacher, Conway High School
Women's editor, The Sun News