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

South Carolina’s Third Oldest City

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
1. South Carolina’s Third Oldest City Marker
Inscription. Founded in 1729, Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina and was named for George, Prince of Wales, who later became King George II. Settled by migrating families from Charleston, the colonial residents made their livelihood as traders, merchants and planters. 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, but saw the emergence of local patriots, including Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and Frances Marion, the illustrious “Swamp Fox.” Following the war; local planters made fortunes cultivating rice—Carolina Gold—in the area’s low-lying river estuaries. It was a glamorous and genteel era of enormous wealth, aristocracy and plantations. Though spared much of the ravages of the War Between the States, the social, political and economic upheaval that followed caused the rice culture to ultimately collapse. Without slave labor to cultivate the rice crop, most of the plantations were doomed. A series of severe hurricanes in the late 1800s delivered a final, devastating exclamation
South Carolina’s Third Oldest City Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
2. South Carolina’s Third Oldest City Marker
point. The Downtown Historic District contains more than 50 historic homes, buildings and sites dating back to 1737. The Rice Museum on Front Street offers a fascinating glimpse of the most gracious and colorful chapter in Georgetown’s history.
 
Erected by a joint partnership of the City of Georgetown and Georgetown Steel Corporation.
 
Location. 33° 21.906′ N, 79° 16.968′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Front Street and Screven Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the wharf behind the Town Clock. 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. Rice is King (a few steps from this marker); Marquis de Lafayette (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rice Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Clock / Kaminski Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon (within shouting distance of this marker); 718 Front Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 724 Front Street (about 400 feet away); 726 Front Street (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
Also see . . .
View of the Town Clock from the Wharf image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
3. View of the Town Clock from the Wharf
 Georgetown Historic District. This website has a slide show that begins at the Town Clock. (Submitted on May 17, 2008.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureAntebellum South, USColonial Era
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,470 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on August 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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