Historic Markers Across South Carolina



South Carolina's Third Oldest City



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Location: near the intersection of Orange St and Front St, Georgetown, SC
County: Georgetown
Coordinates: N 33° 22.016    W 079° 17.113
  33.36693333    -79.28521666
 



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South Carolina's Third Oldest City
Port of Georgetown



It is believed that the Spanish first settled an outpost on Winyah Bay in 1526. Allegedly, this settlement only lasted six months and no remains have ever been found. Georgetown was formally founded in 1729, making it South Carolina's third oldest city following Charleston and Beaufort. In 1732, Georgetown became an official port of entry which allowed foreign exports and imports to come through Georgetown rather than Charleston. This allowed the City to grow and thrive with its major occupations being traders, merchants and planters. Throughout its rich history, Georgetown has survived wars, economic downturns, and hurricanes. Today, the downtown historic district contains more than 50 historic homes, buildings and sites dating back to 1737.

Georgetown Business Association