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Spanish explorers first tried to settle in Georgetown in 1526, which would have made it the first European settlement in the United States. But thanks to disease and confrontation with the natives, the Spaniards weren’t able to make a go of colonization. Georgetown was officially founded by the British in 1729. It became a busy port town with a booming agricultural industry of first indigo, then rice. The original eight-block “downtown” is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two of the town’s main attractions: the Old Market Building, which houses the town’s Rice Museum, and the c. 1769 Kaminski House. Many of the ...

Spanish explorers first tried to settle in Georgetown in 1526, which would have made it the first European settlement in the United States. But thanks to disease and confrontation with the natives, the Spaniards weren’t able to make a go of colonization. Georgetown was officially founded by the British in 1729. It became a busy port town with a booming agricultural industry of first indigo, then rice. The original eight-block “downtown” is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes two of the town’s main attractions: the Old Market Building, which houses the town’s Rice Museum, and the c. 1769 Kaminski House. Many of the original buildings are still standing and the town has more than 50 antebellum mansions remaining from the booming rice plantations. Join a guided walking tour to learn more about the area’s history, take a boat tour around Winyah Bay, or stroll along the Harborwalk, a boardwalk overlooking Sampit River Harbor.

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Debra Landau has written eight Lonely Planet guidebooks, including books on the USA, Caribbean, and the South.

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    Georgetown is a year-round destination, but sees a tourism boom from April to October.