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The city of Georgetown is the third oldest permanent settlement in South Carolina, and today the Historic District, which includes a five-by-seven block area, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here you’ll find plenty of Georgian and Victorian homes, intermixed with other historically significant buildings. Despite suffering an economic downturn following the Civil War in the reconstruction era, the old town retains its old world charms.
Today the town features a vibrant cultural scene, and boasts three public museums, three public libraries, historic attractions and a thriving Cultural Arts Council. The annual calendar of events includes art shows, boat parades, numerous concerts and other live musical performances and plenty of other cultural activities. The pace of the city is also a throwback to the pre-Civil War days, and the city retains a business casual attitude that is more relaxed than East Coast big cities.
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.
For a list of events taking place during your visit, check the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce community events page. The Georgetown County Cultural Council also lists happenings and activities.
Visitors can see five restored rice plantations, and while this region was once home to the king cotton as a crop, Georgetown was the major producer of rice until the Civil War. This aspect can be seen in the historic plantations. And visitors can also see more than 50 antebellum homes that evoke images of the old south.Tourism is big business in Georgetown, and this is generally a friendly and safe town, with much to do and see.