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About Our City

How It Began

The early days of the Mullins community began when farming families began to settle here in the 1600s. The only forms of local transportation were the Stage and the Little Pee Dee River until the railroad was completed in October of 1853. The railroad depot, which remains a standing landmark in Mullins, was then built. It was named for Col. William Mullins who represented Marion County as a State Legislator.

The City of Mullins was formally established in 1872 even though the population totaled less than 100, there were only four streets, and only three stores existed to serve the public.

The introduction of tobacco in 1894 rocketed Mullins into the “Tobacco Capital” of South Carolina. As many as 200 tobacco barns sprang up throughout the community. Warehouses were also constructed and the first tobacco sale took place on August 28, 1895.

The city has continued to expand since those days and is a well-rounded community, but is still most known for its tobacco market. To learn more about the area’s history, the South Carolina Tobacco Museum is a great place to ponder the past.

Our Story

From a humble beginning in 1872, Mullins has become home to South Carolina’s largest tobacco market. With the establishment of a train depot, the city grew and expanded to its present population of more than 5,000. Mullins is home to the South Carolina Tobacco Museum, located in the historic depot. The Museum features permanent exhibits on farm life prior to 1950 with an emphasis on the production of tobacco. The Museum is open Monday through Friday year-round. Local tours, including a meal and visits to the Museum, can be booked by calling toll-free at 1-800-207-7967.

Mullins offers three handsome Bed & Breakfasts, delightfully diverse antique shops, beautifully landscaped public areas, and many well-stocked stores for browsing and shopping.

There is a great education system is available in the Mullins area. Mullins School District 2 has an enrollment of almost 3000 and a student/teacher ratio of 18 to 1. Pee Dee Academy, a private school, has an enrollment of more than 350 students with a student/teacher ratio of 18 to 1. Coker College offers evening classes at Mullins High School that could lead to a four-year degree.  Florence/Darlington TEC offers classes at its Mullins branch.  Francis Marion University, Coastal Carolina University, Coker College, Florence/Darlington TEC, and Horry/Georgetown TEC are all within a 50-mile radius of Mullins. Mullins takes pride in the diversity of recreational opportunities available in and around the city.

The City of Mullins has a year-round recreation program with a full-time director and 3 staff employees. Mullins is home to the Gapway Recreation Complex and Miles Recreation Center. The 30-acre facility features 4 baseball fields, 8 tennis courts, and 1 football field. The Pineland Country Club has excellent golf, tennis, and swimming facilities. Outdoor recreation can be rewarding with the scenic Little Pee Dee and Lumber rivers nearby.

Mullins is headquarters to National Wildlife Action.

IncTransportation includes service from Interstate 95 and Interstate 20, US 76, and three state highways. Freight carriers work the area and port facilities are 121 miles away in Charleston. Commercial airports can be found in Florence (32 mi) and Myrtle Beach (48 mi) with numerous flights available. The Marion County Airport is located between Mullins and Marion.

Carolina Southern Railroad and CSX Railroad supply rail service.  For information, see their website.

Mullins has a Council-Mayor government with six council members and a City Administrator. The fire department has up-to-date equipment and personnel that support the City Fire Insurance Rating of 5. The police department has 25 personnel including 20 trained officers. All city government is headquartered in the modern City Hall, which also houses the Raymond Pridgen Auditorium where most city meetings are held. Marion County Medical Center opened in 1997. The facility, located between Mullins and Marion, has state-of-the-art technology with all major medical specialties represented and 130 beds.

In addition to the Bed & Breakfasts, there are a few local motels that serve city visitors.

Churches of all major faiths are represented in Mullins.

The Golden Leaf Festival takes place yearly on the Fourth Saturday of September. The festival features entertainment and a nostalgic “Afternoon in the Park” takes place with original arts & crafts on sale.

Notable Residents

  • Joseph O. Rogers, Jr., politician born in Mullins in 1921
  • Jeanne Fowler Stiglbauer, high school principal recognized in TIME magazine, born in Mullins in 1954
  • Robert L. McBride, first Black policeman
  • James “Jay” S. Garner V, famed hunter, outdoorsman, and financial guru
  • John Arch McMillan III, otherwise known as Jebb Mac, frontman and lead singer for Nashville recording band Jebb Mac Band

Historic Places

Facts & Figures

  • Located in Marion County, South Carolina
  • 9 miles east of the county seat
  • Planning District: Pee Dee
  • One hour from the Myrtle Beach Area
  • Population in the City of Mullins: 5,029
  • Population in Marion County: 35,466
  • Median Age: 32 years old
  • 7.4% under 5 yrs.
  • 23.8% ages 5-17 yrs.
  • 56.3% ages 18-64 yrs.
  • 12.5% ages 65 & over

Benefits of Relocating to Mullins:

Our residents and employers alike enjoy:

  • low cost of living
  • unique, affordable residential areas
  • variety of career opportunities
  • pleasant seasonal climate
  • antique and boutique shopping
  • friendly community
  • excellent selection of private and public school districts, higher and continuing education facilities nearby

The shops and boutiques offer a great variety of everyday needs as well as one-of-a-kind items. The area’s restaurateurs serve a variety of traditional dishes. From the fields of various crops to the new and diverse business opening and operating downtown, Mullins has something to offer everyone! Come for a visit, stay for a lifetime!

Month High Low
January 56°F 33°F
February 59°F 35°F
March 67°F 42°F
April 77°F 50°F
May 84°F 59°F
June 89°F 66°F
July 92°F 70°F
August 91°F 69°F
September 85°F 64°F
October 76°F 50°F
November 67°F 41°F
December 59°F 35°F

Emergencies-  Dial 911

City of Mullins (843) 464-9583

Mullins Greater Chamber of Commerce (843) 464-6551

Marion County Offices (843) 423-3904

Progress Energy (800) 452-2777

South Carolina Electric & Gas (800) 251-7234

AT&T Residence/Business Phones (800) 288-2020

South Carolina Tobacco Museum (843) 464-8194

Marion Star/Mullins Enterprise Newspaper (843) 423-2050

Marion County Airport (MAO) – (843) 423-8263

Florence Regional Airport (FLO) – (843) 669-5001

Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) – (843) 448-1580

Cox Realty (843) 464-7582

The George Agency (843) 464-6884

Carolina Realty (843) 464-4904

Emergencies Dial 911

Carolinas Hospital Systems (843) 431-2000

Abingdon Manor – (843) 752-5090

307 Church St., Latta, SC 

Historic Bed & Breakfast – Four Diamond, AAA Accommodation

4 Guest Rooms & 1 suite have fireplaces and private baths


O’Hara’s Restaurant – (843) 464-7282

123 East Wine Street, Mullins, SC 

Historic Bed & Breakfast 

3 Guest Rooms, restaurant on-premises 


Webster’s Manor – (843) 464-9632

115 East James Street, Mullins, SC 

8 guest rooms, restaurant on-premises


Quality Inn –  (843) 423-0516

Highway 76 & 501 Bypass

55 rooms, cable TV, outdoor pool, meeting facilities 

Alice’s Florist – (843) 464-0400

Hayes Florist – (843) 464-7791

Molly’s Uptown Florist (843) 464-6505

Smith’s Florist (843) 464-8662

Cox-Collins Funeral Home – (843) 464-9611

715 S. Main Street, Mullins


Meares Funeral Home – (843) 464-9543

Highway 76 East, Mullins 


Smith-Cooper Funeral Home – (843) 464-8541

304 Church Street, Mullins 


Troy’s Funeral Home – (843) 464-0371

247 NE Front Street, Mullins 

Mullins School District #2:

 McCormick Elementary School

Phone: (843) 464-3760

Fax: (843) 464-3763

1123 Sandy Bluff Road

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades 3-5


Mullins Early Start Childhood Center

Phone: (843) 464-3725

Fax: (843) 464-3728

111 Academy Street

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades Pre-K – Kindergarten


North Mullins Primary School

Phone: (843) 464-3750

Fax: (843) 464-3755

105 North Charles Street

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades 1-2


Success Academy at Palmetto Education Center

Phone: (843) 464- 3740

Fax: (843) 3746

200 Broad Street

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades K-12


Mullins High School

Phone: (843) 464-3710

Fax: (843) 464-3717

747 Millers Road

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades 9-12


Palmetto Middle School 

Phone: (843) 464-3730

Fax: (843) 464-3736

305 O’Neal Street

Mullins, SC 29574

Public; Grades 6-8


Academy for Careers and Technology

Phone: (843) 423-1941

Fax: (843) 423-1943

PO Box 820

Marion, SC 29571


Private Schools

Pee Dee Academy

Phone: (843) 423-1771

Fax: (843) 423-0301

Highway 76

Marion, SC 29571

Private; Grades Pre-K – 12