The Unofficial Guide to Historic
Georgetown, South Carolina
Welcome to Georgetown. Founded in 1729, Georgetown is the state's third
oldest city behind Charleston and Beaufort. Named after George II, the
quaint community of only 9,000 people boasts more than 50 historic homes
and buildings, some dating back to the 1730s. Situated on a peninsula,
Georgetown is surrounded on three sides by water. On the east by Pee Dee,
Black and Waccamaw Rivers and on the west by the Sampit River and on the
south by Winyah Bay formed by the convergence of these rivers.
As a bustling pre-Revolutionary seaport, sailing ships docked here bringing
manufactured goods from Europe and left with the trade products of the low
country - indigo, rice, and cotton. The lumbering heavily laden merchant
ships were prime targets for pirates, who darted out from hidden bays and
estuaries to plunder and murder. Some of the most notorious pirates of the times, including Blackbeard, Caesar,
and Red Anny looted fortunes. Some say, much of it could still buried in the area.
A popular stopover for boats traveling the Atlantic Intercoastal Warterway, you will find many hailing from
Canada to Florida and points beyond, anchored in the river. Today visitors can take a leisurely stroll along the 12
foot wide, 1,500 foot Harborwalk, tour the antebellum homes, or take a boat tour of the bay. You can shop at our
art and craft stores, or dine at some of many restaurants along Front Street, or even take a walking ghost tour.
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