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Situated in the third oldest city in South Carolina – after Charleston and BeaufortGeorgetown offers a vibrant mix of history and charm. Located behind the historic district along Front Street is the Georgetown Harborwalk. The Harborwalk meanders along the edge of the Sampit River, which empties into Winyah Bay.

Georgetown Riverwalk

Dennis Donahue of Surfside Beach, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Harborwalk begins beside the stunning Kaminski House, which stands next to the equally stunning Stewart-Parker House. Both are operated today as museums, and visitors can reach the Harborwalk directly from their grounds.

Kaminski House Georgetown

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Walking further along the Harborwalk, visitors can glimpse of wildlife playing in the river, boats passing by, ships bringing in the day’s catch, and the sunrise or sunset. Fishing is enjoyed by many, and artists have been known to set up makeshift studios to paint the beautiful surroundings. There are also numerous restaurants to satisfy anyone’s cravings.

Georgetown Harborwalk Shrimp Boats

Ted Hodges of Farmville, VA, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

History is never far away in the Lowcountry, but it is especially close at hand in Georgetown. The old Town Clock houses the Rice Museum, and the prized Fresnel lens from the old Georgetown Lighthouse is housed in the South Carolina Maritime Museum.

Georgetown Harborwalk

Adam Zolyack of Denver, CO, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Harborwalk plays host to the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show. This show is one of our country’s largest and features a wooden boat-building competition, race, maritime crafts, food, and live music.

Georgetown Harborwalk

Ed Siasoco of Kingstowne, VA, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

On September 25, 2013 a fire broke out along Front Street damaging eight historic buildings. Georgetown has persevered and continued to grow and continue the daily ebbs and flows of coastal life as visitors still enjoy the Harborwalk and town daily.

The Georgetown Harborwalk is located behind Front Street which is included in the National Register:

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. Listed in the National Register October 14, 1971.


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