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Fill Your Sails with History in Georgetown, SC

Fill Your Sails with History in Georgetown, SC

By Kimberly Duncan

Georgetown - 06-01-14 (7t)Studies have documented growing interest among travelers in tourism opportunities that protect the environment and showcase local cultures. More than ever, people enjoy traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent fascinating stories and people of the past, and the slice of the Lowcountry south of Myrtle Beach has a rich store of history to explore.

The entirety of Georgetown County – which also includes southern Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach, Pawleys Island and Andrews – is packed with historic and eco-friendly attractions but – for sake of space – this article will focus only on the charming port city of Georgetown. Located on the southernmost tip of the Grand Strand, it was among the nation’s busiest seaports in Colonial times. A four-by-eight block grid is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. And there are five – yes, five! – museums within easy walking distance one from another.

  • Georgetown County Museum sits in the heart of the downtown waterfront district, a block off Front at 120 Broad Street. One of the best small museums anywhere, the facility plays host to an array of history exhibits and programs. An exceptional collection of everyday objects chronicles daily life through almost three centuries of local history. Impressive traveling exhibits spice things up on a rotating basis. Find details at GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.
  • The Kaminski House Museum is a must – especially for those interested in architecture and antiques. English and American furniture dates from the early 1700s. More than a few pieces are of national and international significance. Constructed in 1769 by a wealthy merchant for his daughter, the home sits on the bank of the Sampit River and anchors the west end of Front Street. The front yard, overhung with massive old oaks, is as beautiful as the old home itself. Check out KaminskiMuseum.org.
  • The SC Maritime Museum at 729 Front Street celebrates the rich maritime history of Georgetown and the whole of the SC. The building is one of few that survived a devastating fire in September of 2013 – a fire that burned nearly an entire block of historic structures. This is a highly recommended stop for anyone who enjoys nautical history, ships, and the deep blue sea. Sail over to SCMaritimeMuseum.org.
  • From the area’s earliest settlements to the twentieth century, rice cultivation dominated lifeTown Clock in the Lowcountry. Explore the story through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits at the Rice Museum. Known locally as home to the Town Clock, it is an iconic symbol of Georgetown. There’s an impressive art gallery, too. Research details at RiceMuseum.org.
  • The Gullah Museum at 123-7 King Street provides a rich education about the history of the Gullah/Geechee people – descendants of African slaves – who inhabit the southeastern Atlantic coastal region. To say these people played a significant role in everything from southern cuisine to farming and religion, education, politics and culture, is understatement at its finest. Call 843.527.1851 to ask questions.

Each museum has its own gift shop and every single one is stocked stem to stern with an array of gifts, jewelry, art, decorative home accents, unique Lowcountry gifts, books and more. If you can’t find time to tour each of the five museums, at least stop to shop!

Independent of area rivers, nearby beaches, abundant golf, gardens, state parks and old plantation homes, Georgetown’s museums alone are worthy of a long weekend getaway. The city and the county is rich in history and alive with excitement! There’s a warm welcome waiting for you during cool weather months on The Hammock Coast of SC. Start daydreaming and planning at HammockCoastSC.com.

 

Mardi Gras Parades and Party! SC Maritime Museum

02/12/2013 12:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Grab your beads and your boas and gather your Krewes.

The South Carolina Maritime Museum is planning two Mardi Gras walking parades and a “fun”draiser Mardi Gras party for Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The walking parades are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and will take place on the sidewalk along Front Street and on the Harborwalk in historic downtown Georgetown.

A Mardi Gras party will be held at the SC Maritime Museum following the 5:30 p.m. parade and will last until 7:30 p.m. Parade participation is free. Party admittance is $20 per person and includes Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, rice, slaw, cornbread, traditional King Cake and libations. Proceeds will go toward the SC Maritime Museum’s operating budget.

The walking parades will begin and end at the SC Maritime Museum. Groups and individuals who plan to participate should meet at the Museum by 12:15 p.m. for the first parade and by 5:15 p.m. for the second parade. Mardi Gras King Kevin Jayroe and Queen Rachel Wildes will lead both parades and will be followed by the SC Maritime Museum’s Krewe of Chèvre, an homage to the Museum’s four legged mascot. Both parades will meander along a three block route in Georgetown’s historic business district between Screven and King Streets.

Groups or individuals who would like to participate in the parades should adorn themselves with colorful and eye popping Mardi Gras embellishments, including but not limited to beads, boas, feathers, masks, hats, umbrellas and balloons. On the big day, spontaneous participation will be encouraged and beads will be available at the Museum for those who want to join in the fun. Costume awards will be presented following the 5:30 p.m. parade. Award categories are likely to be created on the spot.

For more information, for tickets to the big Mardi Gras party, or to secure your position in the parade following the King and Queen and the Krewe of Chevre, contact Susan Sanders at the SC Maritime Museum at 843-520-0111, visit www.scmaritimemuseum.org, or stop by the Museum at 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez, y’all!

 

Contact: Susan Sanders
Address: 729 Front Street
City: Georgetown
State: SC
Zip: 29440
Website: www.scmaritimemuseum.org
Price: $20.00

 

Georgetown County Museum

Phone: 545-7020
Website: http://www.georgetowncountyhistoricalsociety.com

Address:
120 Broad St.
Georgetown
South Carolina
29440

In the heart of the historic district is the Georgetown County Museum, preserving and displaying more than 300 years of history and culture in the third oldest city in South Carolina. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM until 4 PM and Saturday 10 AM until 3 PM. Normal admission is children under 6 free, ages 6-18 $2, ages 19-64 $4 and 65 and older $3. Large groups welcome; please call ahead: 843 545-7020

Mansfield Plantation Bed & Breakfast Country Inn

Phone: 843-546-6961
Email: mightymansfield@aol.com
Website: http://mansfieldplantation.com

Address:
1776 Mansfield Road
Georgetown
South Carolina
29442

Historic pre-Civil War plantation house and guest houses, furnished with antiques and collectibles, nestled among oaks, marshes and moonlight on nine hundred private acres.  Enjoy hammocks, swings, birdwatching, biking and boating.  Featured in Mel Gibson’s The Patriot.  Pets welcome. Full southern breakfast included and all private baths.  Call toll-free, 800-355-3223.