Atalaya

(Inside Huntington Beach State Park)
Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet • 843.237.4440 • SouthCarolinaParks.com

In 1930, NY residents Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased real estate on the Waccamaw Neck that was once four plantations. The Huntingtons were well known for their talents and philanthropy. They exerted significant influence on twentieth century art, libraries, museums and more.

Born in Cambridge, MA on March 10, 1876, Anna began sculpting in her teens and what began as a new hobby became her lifelong passion. Earning $50,000 a year as a sculptor in her early twenties, she became one of the most well-known figurative sculptors of the 1900s.

Archer was an imposing 6’5”, had a great sense of humor and adored his wife. A lifelong friend of the arts, he is known for his scholarly works in the field of Hispanic Studies and for founding The Hispanic Society of America in New York City – among many other altruistic works.

In 1931, the couple created Brookgreen Gardens, across the highway from Huntington Beach, to display Anna’s sculpture among the property’s beautiful natural surroundings. They began construction of an oceanfront home they called Atalaya.

Atalaya’s 40,000 square feet covers almost an entire acre and once included indoor and outdoor studios, a large interior courtyard, bear pens, dog kennels, a library and even an oyster shucking room. The Huntingtons entertained few visitors here. Instead the home served as a genuine retreat where Archer and Anna could work on their pursuits uninterrupted during winter months.

Self-guided tours are offered 9 AM-5 PM during daylight savings time, otherwise, 9
AM-4 PM. Atalaya Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM , daily. Please note: Atalaya is the venue for many large events throughout the year and may be closed during these events. For current information, please contact the park office at 843.237.4440. Admission – for visitors 6 and older – is a $2 per person entry fee in addition to park admission. Children 5 and younger are free. An audio tour is 45 minutes in length and available all year for $4 per person.

Kimberly Duncan