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Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Georgetown’s Industrious Past

Port of Georgetown

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
1. Georgetown’s Industrious Past Marker
Inscription.
Georgetown’s Industrious Past
Port of Georgetown
Indigo was first introduced to the area around the 1740's and served as Georgetown's first principal cash crop. Taking advantage of British bounties for indigo, highly prized as a clothing dye in Europe, an elite class of indigo plantation owners and merchants evolved and formed the Winyah Indigo Society, which in 1755 established one of the first free schools in America. The Revolutionary War brought an end to the indigo trade with England and eventually indigo was replaced by rice. The turn of the twentieth century brought much needed prosperity to Georgetown. Lumber became a big industry in Georgetown in the late 1800's. By 1913, the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company, located in the bend of the Sampit River, was the largest lumber mill on the East Coast. In 1936, International Paper built a mill in Georgetown, which grew to be the largest paper mill in the world. In the late 1960's, the steel mill was built on the site of the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company. Both mills are still in operation. Georgetown County also is home to more than 100 other businesses and industries that manufacture everything from additives for the cosmetic industry to polyethylene liners for landfills.
 
Erected by Georgetown Business Association.
 
Location.
Georgetown’s Industrious Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, January 3, 2017
2. Georgetown’s Industrious Past Marker
33° 22.047′ N, 79° 17.19′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of King Street and Front Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the Georgetown Harborwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgetown Steel Corporation (here, next to this marker); Joseph Hayne Rainey Park (a few steps from this marker); Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); 24 Pound Naval Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Kaminski House Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Georgetown (within shouting distance of this marker); Landing of Lafayette (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kaminski House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .  Georgetown Business Association. (Submitted on January 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 335 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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