Georgetown’s Glorious Past

Half-way between Myrtle Beach and Charleston SC

It’s not surprising that Georgetown, SC should become the region’s hub of bed-and-breakfast lodging, since the area is home to its fair share of sprawling, historic homes that lend themselves perfectly to the concept. Georgetown, founded in 1729, is a woman with a past—fascinating and mysterious—and is known as the “Ghost Capital of the South.”  By 1840 Georgetown was not only an ideal port for shipping vessels but also produced more than half of all the rice grown in the United States.

As the rice plantations flourished, so did the townspeople and antebellum life. Culling incredible wealth in a relatively short period of time—from 1840 through the 1850s— some residents built well-appointed homes along the oak-shaded tunnels of streets in town. Gracious plantations served as hubs for entertaining and farming along the shores of Winyah Bay, and the Waccamaw, Black, and Pee Dee Rivers.

Georgetonians have worked hard to preserve their heritage, and their town remains a lovely step back in time with an intact historic district, preserved homes, and original churches and storefronts. Today historic tour companies run a brisk business by boat, by tram, or by horse-drawn carriage.

Bed-and-breakfast inns have a distinct personality that seems to have evolved from the property itself and its proprietors. The owners also operate their bed-and-breakfasts, taking great pride in what they consider to be their labor of love.