Myrtle Beach, S.C.

68. Historic Georgetown

Historic Georgetown

The third-oldest city in South Carolina, Georgetown offers a glimpse of the state’s history along with great shopping, dining and scenery. Georgetown is located halfway between Myrtle Beach and Charleston along the Sampit River. The city embraces the Main Street feel of traditional downtowns with a mix of shopping, dining and history.


Stroll down Front Street for a unique shopping experience that supports local businesses over big-box stores. Stores include antique shops, art galleries, books and toys, clothing and home furnishings. Most stores are locally owned and operated and very happy to have your business!


Utilizing great outdoor patios and decks for dining, the restaurants of Georgetown offer Southern hospitality and great food. Popular choices include: Alfresco Georgetown Bistro, which serves classic Italian food with fresh local ingredients; Kudzu Bakery, which has its original location in Georgetown and serves fresh baked goods and desserts; and Front Street Deli, which offers fresh-made sandwiches to order.


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If you want to take your Georgetown sightseeing to the next level, consider one of many tours of the area. Nature lovers will enjoy shelling and lighthouse tours via Rover Boat with , or you can opt for a walking tour if you prefer to keep your feet on dry land. For a spookier experience, check out a ghost tour and learn about the haunts of this Southern city.

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Georgetown Harborwalk

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Spanning the entirety of the historic district, this scenic boardwalk winds along the Sampit River, providing a beautiful and relaxing place to stretch your legs. Sure, there are plenty of shops and old buildings to look at, but with boats constantly coming and going on the river, your attention will likely be divided between land and sea.

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Hopsewee Plantation

Myrtle Beach has its own unique history with landmarks dating back the better part of a century. But for history buffs in search of something a little more historic, Georgetown’s Hopsewee Plantation is waiting about an hour’s drive south of Myrtle Beach. Built in 1735, and the place of birth to Thomas Lynch, Jr., who signed the Declaration of Independence, Hopsewee Plantation is an historic getaway like no other in the area.

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The Rice Museum

Here’s a little-known fact — in 1840, Georgetown produced almost half of the American rice crop. In fact, the region’s output was vital not only to the rest of the colonies, but to other countries as well. In addition to the permanent collection and rotating exhibits that feature the works of local artists, the Museum is also home to the Browns Ferry Vessel – the oldest vessel on display in the nation.

S.C. Maritime Museum

As South Carolina’s second-largest port, Georgetown has a rich history in the transportation, trade, and naval industries of the United States. Located on Front Street, visitors of the museum can explore this history through authentic artifacts, photographs, documents, and interactive exhibits. Also, the museum hosts a youth sailing camp for ages 8-14 each summer.