Georgetown

 

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Georgetown was founded in 1730 and is the third oldest city in South Carolina.  Initially settled by the Spanish along the Sampit River in 1526.  Georgetown has written nearly five centuries of history spanning from the Native Americans to the Spanish, French and English.  From its establishment as a port of entry in 1732 until the Civil War, Georgetown and the surrounding area built vast riches by shipping rice, indigo and lumber throughout the world.  The Civil War and a series of disastrous hurricanes toward the end of the 19th century all but wiped out the region’s rice and indigo trade, but the lumber industry remained strong.  Today Georgetown’s paper mill bustles with activity.  Throughout the ages Georgetown has seen times of stagnation and growth, war and peace and has even hosted such notable figures as Thomas Lynch Jr. ( signer of the Declaration of Independence) The Marquis de Lafayette, and the father of our nation George Washington.  By 1721 the colonial government granted the English resident’s petition to found a new parish, Prince George Winyah, on the Black River.

Prince George Winyah Church is an Episcopal church in Georgetown and the oldest continuous congregations in South Carolina.  The corner-stone was laid in 1745.  The pews are paneled wooden box pews with numbers on each one.

They were rented until 1964.  The pews were built this way as the church was not heated.  You would bring your heater with hot coals and place them at your feet. The church was occupied by British troops in the Revolutionary War and also used as a stable.  I was able to visit this beautiful historical church and its grounds thanks to Linda who had a key to open the church.

An attractive harbor promenade extends along much of the waterfront.  A number of Front Street restaurants have direct exits to the boardwalk.

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We checked the boardwalk out and found a place that had $2.00 domestic beers.  Now that is something we have not found for a long time.  So we had to take advantage of this great deal.

The Kaminski House was built-in 1769 by wealthy merchant Paul trapper sometimes called the “King of Georgetown”.  He opened a small shop and formed partnerships  as his business grew and became heavily involved with shipping.  He turned to politics in 1776  was elected to Second Continental Congress but died before he served.  The house was purchased in 1931 by Harold and Julia Kaminski.  Harold servers as mayor of Georgetown.  Upon his death Julia willed the house and it furnishings to the city in remembrance of her husband.

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Liz and I walked the grounds they were beautiful with a great view of the Sampit River.

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The streets are lined with live oak trees and filled with history, charm, and personality.  We found a great ice cream store of course we had to stop have some.  The person serving us must have been having a bad day she was not as you put it “ a happy camper”.

The General Store had a lot of old historic items and some new.  Liz was able to find a beaded strap for her glasses.

We went into several old building now used as quaint little shops.  You could look up the center and see the old stair cases and boxes of rice.   In 1750 George Town became the center of rice production in the colony, by 1840 the Georgetown district produced nearly one half of the total rice crop of the United States.  The 1850’s proved to be the most profitable decade for the rice planters.

Old market Building also known as The Rice Museum located in Georgetown S C  was built-in 1832 and is a one story classical Revival temple from building on a high arcaded base.  The arched area was used as an open air market but was enclosed in the early 20th century.  A tower topped by a square stage and an open belfry was added.  The tower house a four-sided clock was added about 1842.  The building has served as a town hall, a jail, an open air market and a slave market.  The brick building replaced an earlier wooden structure In february of 1865 when federal trip occupied Georgetown the town council signed surrender papers in this building.  The tower was struck by lightning in May 2007 freezing the hands at 4:27.  After many years of hard work by Georgetown residents and leaders, the clock tower began ticking again in 2012.

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The Strand Theater Features and interesting Art moderne facade.  It retains its original appearance.  The 1940’s style post office was built for the film”Made in Heaven”  Since 1982 the Strand has been home to the Swamp Fox players, which represents live theater.

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As Liz and I were walking and we saw this charming old house.  We stopped and told Linda (the owner) how beautiful her home was.  She showed us a clipping that stated this was the oldest house in Georgetown.  She was so gracious to give us a tour of her home, it was beautiful.  Linda’s husband was not happy about the tour and my taking pictures as they don’t live their all yr.  I told them I would not post the pictures on social media but would put them into my book.

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I didn’t post these pictures on Facebook as promised but I want these pictures in my book.  The home was beautiful and Linda was so proud of it.

Liz and I stopped at the Georgetown county Museum and had a nice visit with one of the volunteers.  It’s so nice to have someone to sightsee with Thanks Liz for going with me.

I walked past Alfresco Bistro and had to take a picture of this establishment.  I could see Anita and Patrick our daughter and son-in-law dinning here.  Liz and I had a nice time walking around Georgetown.

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The guys went back to the boat as Johnny was waiting for a scuba dive to check out his props.  It turned out everything was fine which gave him pice of mind.  We had a short but great stay in Georgetown.

 

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