Historic Georgetown is a truly a remarkable small waterfront town. There is a true sense of community. The canopied oak lined streets are perfect for walking or riding bikes year round. Residents love sitting on their porches and visiting with those who walk or drop by. The charm continues with every 100 year old home you pass. East Bay park provides a wonderful venue for an array of outdoor activities.
Historic Georgetown is also one of a very few communities where the downtown is on the water with an attractive, easily navigable and handicapped-accessible Harborwalk. Residents and visitors can easily walk downtown and find wonderful restaurants, independently owned shops, marinas, banks, dentists, barber shops and other professional services. The conveniences of a larger city are also just outside the historic district.
Historic Georgetown South Carolina and Georgetown County are in a special place. It is unique in that it has 5 major rivers converging into the Winyah Bay adjacent to North Inlet, a National Estuarine Research Reserve with some of the most pristine salt water on the east coast.
The coast line is protected from development forever with 18,000 acres on Hobcaw Barony that was donated to the state for education and research uses. This was given by the Baruch family and provides protection around North Inlet and Winyah Bay. Tom Yawkee, former owner of the Boston Red Sox, left the state of South Carolina, North Island, South Island, and a portion of Cat Island, 20,000 acres, to remain wildlife refuges and he funded a foundation to provide for it.
The nature conservancy has easements on most of the rest of Cat Island. Further south, the Santee Coastal Reserve, formerly The Santee Club-a hunting club for the wealthy industry titans-was donated to the state. The southern end of the Santee Coast Reserve joins up with the Cape Romaine National Wildlife Refuge which has Capers Island Heritage Preserve as the last bookend. This comprises more than 50 miles of coastline protected from development forever, providing a wildlife and marine ecosystem unlike anywhere else on the east coast.
Heading up Winyah Bay and into the five major rivers, Waccamaw, Little Pee Dee, Big Pee Dee, Black and Sampit Rivers, are 123,000 acres of forested wetlands, and 23,000 acres of tidal freshwater marshes.