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The city of Georgetown was the third permanent settlement built in South Carolina, and today is home to numerous historic attractions that help chronicle this city’s long history. Among the oldest buildings in town is the Kaminski House, which was built at the end of the 18th century, and today stoically overlooks historic Front Street and the Sampit River. This house served as the residence of three of the town’s mayors, and today visitors can even have a picnic on the lawn! Guided tours are available Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm, and on Sunday from 1pm until 4pm. Admission is $5, and children are $2.
Cotton was king in the old south, but in Georgetown the ruling crop was rice! The city was producer of nearly half of all the rice in the United States until the Civil War. The Rice Museum is today housed in the Old Market Building, which was the first structure in the city be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Erected in 1842, the building houses numerous exhibits on the production of rice, along with a rotating art show. The Rice Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4:30pm, and adults are $5, seniors are $4, and students are $2.
The nearby Georgetown County Museum is located in the heart of the historic district, and it includes numerous artifacts from the earliest settlers of the region, namely the Native American tribes who called this region home before the arrival of the Europeans. The museum also includes a letter from General Francis Marion, aka the Swamp Fox. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm. Admission is $4, seniors are $3 and children are $2.
One of the biggest events is a 10-day countywide arts-heritage-nature festival Treasures of the Tidelands.
In 2007, it will be held from May 3-13. Authors, such as Paula Deen
and Harlen Coben, will be featured along with classical music, Gullah
performances, a beach art contest for families and kayah tours of rice
plantations. For more information: www.tidelandsfestival.org