Georgetown County (pop. 60,158), east of Williamsburg County, is the only Georgetown County in the U.S. It was named for King George II of England.
The county seat is the city of Georgetown (pop. 9,163). In the 1840s, it was the largest rice-exporting port in the world.
Georgetown is the third-oldest city in South Carolina.
Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, has a 17,000-acre wildlife refuge and more than 40 historic buildings.
Mansfield Plantation is a former rice plantation in Georgetown, now open to visitors. It was established in 1718 along the Black River.
Brookgreen Gardens, northeast of Georgetown, is a 9,000-acre wildlife preserve with several themed gardens. It was built on four former rice plantations.
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