A vacation to Georgetown should include visits to these two hidden gems:
Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center is made up of a group of barrier islands off the coast of Georgetown formerly owned by Tom Yawkey, once the owner of the Boston Red Sox. This 20,000-acre preserve is now managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with stipulations from Yawkey that the land be managed as a wildlife refuge and for research. Cat and South islands are open to the public for limited visitation. Visitors will experience a unique and beautiful barrier island habitat and abundant wildlife in an unspoiled environment. The islands' freshwater ponds serve as an important migratory bird refuge.
Hobcaw Barony is home to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, a non-profit organization and owner of this former hunting plantation that once served as the winter retreat for Bernard Baruch, a business magnate, presidential advisor and Camden native. Today, Hobcaw Barony is an internationally known center for research, education and conservation and offers several programs and tours on the history of the plantation, the only fully intact slave village on the Grand Strand and the former Baruch homes.