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The Sampit River flows from the boggy regions of upland Georgetown County east to the Atlantic Ocean. It merges with the Pee Dee River, Black River, and Waccamaw Rivers at the city of Georgetown. Together these four rivers form beautiful Winyah Bay.

Sampit River

Vanessa Kauffmann of Charleston © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The river was an important feature for planters cultivating rice plantations. The irrigation system introduced to rice planters by slaves took advantage of the tides and incorporated trunks, or gates, to let the water submerge the growing rice to protect it from pests and release the water from the field to allow the rice to grow. Traces of rice fields and their system of canals can be seen along the banks of tidal rivers once used for rice growing such as the Sampit River. Below, trawlers, or shrimp boats, rest before setting out to work in the Atlantic, providing fare for the waterfront restaurants of Georgetown.

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Sampit Boats

Deborah Smith of Georgetown, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


VP Lempert of Pawleys Island, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sampit River Georgetown County

Dan Christie of Surfside Beach, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sampit River Shrimpboat

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sampit River Shrimp Boats

David Storey of Port Republic, Virginia, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Sampit River

Contributor Dan Christie shares an experience visiting Georgetown: “I have been coming to SC for 10 years. Now I live here. I love to visit Georgetown and just hang out by the commercial fishing boats. I love everything about them… the wood, the smell, the ropes, etc. My wife was with me when this was taken. My rendition includes some ropes on the piles, a snowy egret and a few artistic touches. I like how they are tied up by three. I want to go out and work with them some day just for the experience. I am glad they are still here working hard for us to enjoy!”

Treva Thomas Hammond tells us: “Georgetown is known to those of us who vacation each year at Pawleys Island or Litchfield as the place to get shrimp! This shrimp boat is docked at the Independent Seafood Dock and Market – the place to get the freshest shrimp right off the boat!”

Deborah Smith says of her photo near the top of the page: “Georgetown harbor on a slightly foggy December morning, viewed from near the East Bay Street boat landing. The house with the chimneys and red roof is the Heriot-Tarbox House. Constructed around 1765, the house was later the home to a prosperous merchant who constructed a warehouse across the street along with a dock for merchant ships.”

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2 Comments about Sampit River

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 20th, 2017 at 1:56 am

Hello, we do see when we research his name the mentioned Sampit Plantation but this is our first time hearing of this property. We searched our sister site, South Carolina Plantations, for the name Hugh Swinton but nothing populated around Georgetown. The only result we show, so far, is that he owned a portion of Red Bank Plantation in the St. James Goose Creek Parish, Berkeley County:

Taylor BarrettNo Gravatar says:
September 19th, 2017 at 10:11 am

I am doing research on my 7th great grandfather, Hugh Swinton. His birth records show he was born on 1737 at the Georgetown County, Sampit Plantation in Charleston County, South Carolina. I have tried searching for a picture of the plantation. but I can not find it. If you possibly have pictures or any information on the names I have mentioned above or the plantation, please contact me through the email given. Thanks!

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