South Carolina's Undiscovered Gem
Sitting astride the confluence of Winyah Bay and Sampit River, present-day Georgetown constantly calls to mind its storied past. Long the most important South Carolina port north of Charleston, the town retains the character of bygone years alongside a new spirit of success. Fortunate cruisers who make Georgetown a port of call will find a quiet, beautiful, and historic town waiting to greet them. Make Georgetown, South Caroline part of your cruise and enjoy all the city has to offer.
Prior to the Civil War, Georgetown was the seat of a fabulously rich rice culture still remembered with pride and romance. Go quietly as you pass, and perhaps you may still hear the delicate tinkle of crystal glasses at an elegant garden party or the hoofbeats of the master’s horse as he rides out to check his fields in the early-morning mist. The heritage of the rice culture is an almost tangible entity here, and you cannot fully appreciate Georgetown and its surrounding streams until you visit this remarkable location.
What to do
Cap'n Rod's Lowcountry Plantation Tours
Step back in time with each Bend of the River, as you cruise the dark waters of the Pee Dee Lowcountry. View majestic Rice Plantations, trunk gates and slave cabins, moss-laden oaks, all the while enjoying Mother Nature at her finest. Each of the tours offers a relaxing, enjoyable, and educational re-introduction to the History, Mystery, & Legends of lives and times past. You'll discover hidden treasures, forgotten pleasures, and even a ghost story or two. (843-477-0287, http://www.lowcountrytours.com/)
The Rice Museum
The Rice Museum, known locally as The Town Clock, is located in the Old Market Building and is a prominent symbol of Georgetown County. Through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits, visitors to the Museum are enlightened to the history of a society dependent on the rice crop. Stop in for a fascinating tour that will thrill you with the interworkings of this historical society. (633 Front Street, 843-546-7423, http://www.ricemuseum.org/)
William's Ghost Walks of Georgetown
Take a stroll with past majestic homes that have been here for over three centuries! Walk under the same moss covered oak trees as Patriots, Tories, and Confederates did and even a Pirate or two! Listen to stories of GHOSTS who are said to still be walking among us! Let yourself escape in time and slip into Georgetown's past! (843-543-1673, http://www.williamsghostwalksofgeorgetown.com/)