South Carolina: Georgetown County

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.

Shrimp boats in Georgetown Harbor, Winyah Bay

Georgetown is the third-oldest city in South Carolina.

Downtown Georgetown

Hobcaw Barony, near Georgetown, has a 17,000-acre wildlife refuge and more than 40 historic buildings.

Winter home of presidential advisor Bernard Baruch

Mansfield Plantation is a former rice plantation in Georgetown, now open to visitors. It was established in 1718 along the Black River.

Parts of Mel Gibson’s “The Patriot” were filmed there.

Brookgreen Gardens, northeast of Georgetown, is a 9,000-acre wildlife preserve with several themed gardens. It was built on four former rice plantations.

It opened in 1932.


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