Quality Inn & Suites
210 Church Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: (843) 546-5656
Fax: (843) 546-6116
Arts & Museums
Georgetown was one of the wealthiest towns on the South Carolina coast until the Civil War in 1860 brought the economy to a halt. The museum exhibits show the rise and fall of this colonial town. More than 300 years of Georgetown County and surrounding area history are display. Topics covered include early shipbuilding, Native Americans, the agricultural industry in rice and indigo, plantation life and slavery and military history. The museum gift shop sells a variety of Georgetown history books, memorabilia and souvenirs. Located one block from the historic downtown thoroughfare, the museum is closed Sunday and Monday.
Once the third oldest city in the American colonies, this seafaring town is comprised of 16 blocks on the Sampit River on Winyah Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. Dotted with shrimp and tour boats docked along the scenic Harborwalk boardwalk, visitors can enjoy landmarks and museums such as the 1842 Old Market Building Rice Museum with exhibits and artifacts on the production of "Carolina Gold" rice that made South Carolina wealthy. Front Street has a variety of quaint gift shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums. The Visitor Center provides maps, brochures and information on tours of the city that include some of the historic homes. - Natasha Lawrence
Unknown to many Americans, rice was an important crop to the South. The economy of this region revolved around the grain for many years in the 1800's. Through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits, you can see what life was like on a rice plantation and learn why and how rice was so important. Next-door is the Maritime Museum which you can visit on the same ticket and which features the fifty-foot Browns Ferry vessel. Admission: Adults $7, Seniors (60+) $5, Children/Students (6-21) $3. Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.
Sitting on a knoll overlooking the Sampit River and Georgetown Harbor, this 1769 Georgian style home was built by Paul Trapier, a wealthy merchant sometimes called "The King of Georgetown." It is one of 40 antebellum houses in the historic Georgetown area. Visitors can take an hourly tour of the home featuring English and American furnishings and art pieces. In 1931, the house was purchased by Harold and Julia Kaminski. It was then bequeathed to the City of Georgetown in 1972 and became a museum. There is a gift shop that offers books on the house and area history and memorabilia. Admission fee includes a tour. -Natasha Lawrence
This botanical/sculpture garden which includes a zoo is located near Murrell's Inlet about 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach. These gardens sit on what were once old rice plantations and they are part of a larger 6000-acre nature preserve run under the guidance of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. The gardens display more than 500 sculptured pieces of work interspersed throughout, whereas the zoo presents wildlife exhibits of South Carolinian animals as well as other creatures like birds of prey. However, the coolest thing about this place is their History Adventure Tour, where guests can take a 48-ft. pontoon boat up murky swamps to see alligators, or a trek by vehicle through the back-country that includes Antebellum plantations, Civil War sites and other interesting attractions.
Atalaya Castle is located on the beautiful Huntington Beach seaside and is one of the top attractions of Murrell's Inlet, SC. The Moorish-inspired mansion was the former home of philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, famed sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. The massive edifice has four 200-ft. walls and within them, guests will see how this early 20th-century power couple lived. From servants and cook's quarters to sculptures from Anna herself and even a bear pen, this is how the 1% lived in 1931.
Follow the winding road off Highway 17 that leads to a 274-acre (111-hectare) former rice plantation on Wambaw Creek. Located 16 miles (about 26 kilometers) south of Georgetown, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can tour the Georgian style mansion, camellia gardens, the dependent and slave buildings and archeological sites. South Carolina poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge, was the last resident; he gave the property to the state as a park. In 1791 George Washington stayed here during his Southern tour. The park is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There is an admission fee to tour the house, but touring the grounds is free. -Natasha Lawrence