Georgetown, the third oldest city in South Carolina, sits on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit rivers. The city was the commercial center of the indigo and rice-growing trade during the 1700s along the Carolina coast, and both crops brought great wealth to the plantation owners. By 1840, Georgetown District (later Georgetown County) produced nearly half of the total rice crop in the United States.
Today, Georgetown is a small city, steeped in history and still tied to the rivers that surround it. The Georgetown Historic District is host to more than 50 homes, public buildings and sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, always held on the third weekend of October, draws thousands of visitors to see unique boats on display and watch the Wooden Boat Challenge boat-building competition.
Whatever time of year you choose to visit historic Georgetown, you'll enjoy great shopping and dining along the waterfront and walking through the historic district. With its many beautiful historic homes, you'll feel like you've taken a step back in time.