Kaminski House – Georgetown, South Carolina


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The Kaminski House Museum sits between the Sampit River and Front Street in historic Georgetown. The home was built in 1769 by wealthy merchant Paul Trapier – sometimes called the “King of Georgetown.”

Harold Kaminski House

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Trapier moved to Georgetown from Berkeley County to open a small shop. He formed partnerships as his business grew and became heavily involved in shipping. Trapier turned to politics in 1776 and was elected the following year to the Second Continental Congress, but unfortunately he died before being able to serve.

Kaminski House

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The house took on the Kaminski name when it was purchased in 1931 by Harold and Julia Kaminski. The son of Heiman Kaminski, one Georgetown’s most affluent merchants during the late 1800s, Harold served as mayor of Georgetown. He was a strong advocate for the Coast Highway, improvements to the Intracoastal Waterway, and affordable electricity for the city.

Upon her death, Julia willed the house and its furnishings to the city in remembrance of her husband. The house is still brimming with American and English antiques and art.

See a historic photo of the Kaminski House.

The Kaminski house is listed in the National Register as part of the Georgetown Historic District, which says the following:

Third oldest city in South Carolina, Georgetown is significant historically, militarily, agriculturally and architecturally. Georgetown was laid out as a city in 1729. In 1735 Georgetown was conveyed to three trustees. A plan of the city was attached to the deed and was the first plan to be preserved. Included in the plan were 174.5 acres for the town and 100 acres for a commons. The town acreage was divided into blocks by five streets running at right angles to the river. Much physical evidence of the past remains. The oldest existing structure in Georgetown is a dwelling which dates from ca. 1737. There are approximately twenty-eight additional 18th century structures as well as eighteen buildings erected during the 19th century prior to the Civil War. The existing structures—homes, churches, public buildings—are of both historical and architectural significance and are situated on heavily shaded, wide streets. The architecture ranges from the simplicity of early colonial, or Georgian, to the elaborate rice plantation era, such as Classical Revival.

Kaminski House Info


Address: 1003 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Website: http://kaminskimuseum.org/

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