Welcome to Georgetown
Historic waterfront community known as South Carolina’s best-kept secret.
The quaint waterfront community of Georgetown has been called South Carolina’s best-kept secret. This is a small city with a lot to offer.
Georgetown is the state’s third-oldest city, and its Historic District is full of resplendent reminders of its rich heritage. There are shopping and dining options in far greater abundance than you’d expect for a place for Georgetown’s size.
Located on the Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Great Pee Dee, Sampit, Waccamaw, and Black rivers, Georgetown occupies a wonderfully scenic spot. Many of its homes and businesses sit directly on the waterfront, while its attractive streets are lined with mature live oaks.
Georgetown’s residents enjoy a packed season events calendar that adds to the town’s wonderful sense of community spirit. Georgetown is also a boating hotspot, with the state’s second-largest seaport.
Transportation links to other communities are excellent. Georgetown is nestled almost exactly half-way between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, along Highway 17. Georgetown County Airport is only five miles away.
Georgetown Real Estate Insights
Georgetown’s real estate includes gorgeous oceanfront homes and private gated communities
containing expansive estates and grand residences. Experience stunning island estates and extravagant historic plantations.
Despite being a short drive from both Myrtle Beach and Charleston, Georgetown is a world away from high-rise condominiums. Spacious and attractive, Georgetown’s homes capture the Old-World grandeur of the antebellum south.
An Enticing Blend of History & Commerce
Georgetown offers a wonderful mix of independent shops and other businesses, with no big chain stores to be found anywhere within the city. Find one-of-a-kind fashion boutiques, high-end furniture stores, quirky bookstores, and a great variety of art stores and galleries showcasing the work of up-and-coming local artists.
The Historic District is particularly packed with enticing businesses. One must make sure to drop in and shop at Bienvenue a unique shop offering everything from antiques to the perfect gift. There are many wonderful restaurants to choose from here, with fresh seafood and distinctive Lowcountry cuisine, along with refined Italian fare and exquisite sushi. From refined upscale dining to casual waterfront cafés, there is something in Georgetown to suit every palette.
Georgetown’s rich sense of history is on display everywhere. Some of Georgetown’s churches have stood here for centuries, while a Hebrew Cemetery dates back to the mid-1700s. More than fifty buildings comprise the Georgetown Historic District, ranging from Episcopal churches to grand plantation homes.
Presidents including George Washington, Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, and Franklin D. Roosevelt have all made historic visits to the city. Georgetown is also the birthplace of Michelle Obama’s grandfather, and the former First Lady still has family here.
The Historic District houses several museums dedicated to exploring Georgetown’s rich heritage. Learn of “rice, rivers, and revolution” at the Georgetown County Museum, and gain an understanding of the area’s original inhabitants at The Gullah Museum. The Rice Museum and Maritime Museum provide similarly fascinating insights into Georgetown’s past. Other equally notwworthy sites include the Kaminski House, constructed in 1769 and full of charming American and English antiques.