Located between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, Georgetown is a historic seaport and the third oldest city in South Carolina. The Port of Georgetown's waterfront is line with historic attractions, museums, shops, and great restaurants. Visitors to the Port of Georgetown enjoy taking boat tours and walking tours, including nighttime ghost tours, through the historic district. Boats tour the Port of Georgetown's intracoastal waterways and marshlands as well as narratives about Port of Georgetown history and the pirates of the past. The Port of Georgetown offers beautiful oak-lined streets, riverfront dining and shopping, a large collection of antebellum mansions, and a beautiful Harborwalk.
The Port of Georgetown has a humid subtropical climate with hot humid summers and mild winters. Temperatures range from an average high of °C (80°F) in July and August to an average low of about °C (48°F) in January. Rainfall peaks in August at over centimeters (seven inches) and falls to a low in April at under centimeters (three inches). Humidity levels are fairly constant throughout the year, ranging from just over 80% in the winter to 90% in August and September. The Port of Georgetown gets negligible snowfall in December and February.
The Kaminski House is one of three must-see museums in the Port of Georgetown. Built in the early 18th Century, the Kaminski House looks over the Sampit River and Front Street. Three Georgetown mayors lived here, including Harold Kaminski. Inside the museum are many original floorings and molds, antiques, and a store. Admission to the museum is $5. Guided tours are held each day for $7 for adults and $3 for children aged six to 12. Group rates are also available for the tours.
Located in the Old Market building, the Rice Museum tells the story of the Port of Georgetown's long relationship with this important crop and the people who shaped the city including the first African American elected to the US Congress, Joseph Hayne Rainey. The major exhibits at the Rice Museum include a 60-minute tour through the Old Market and Kaminski Hardware buildings that were built in 1842.
In the Old Market Building Clock Tower are maps, artifacts, and dioramas illustrating life and society in the Port of Georgetown in the heyday of rice cultivation and marketing. The Kaminski Building contains the Maritime History Museum, home to the oldest colonial vessel in the United States, the Browns Ferry, and a collection of artifacts and information about the maritime history of Georgetown County.
Other exhibits in the Rice Museum talk about the history of the Port of Georgetown from the perspective of the Kaminski Hardware Company, the Jewish community, and the African-American experience. The Port of Georgetown's Rice Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4:30pm. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students from six to 21.
The Georgetown County Museum covers 300 years of local history including Native American artifacts, slave bills, information about plantations and making paper from pine trees, and correspondence of Revolutionary War patriots. The collections in this Port of Georgetown museum include artifacts and memorabilia related to Native Americans, slavery industry, hunting, sport fishing, plantation life, the military, the 20th Century in the Port of Georgetown, and many other areas of interest. From April 1 through December 31, the museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm and on Saturday from 10am until 3pm. From January 1 to March 31, it is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am until 5pm and on Saturday from 10am until 3pm. Admission for non-members is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for students from 6 to 18. Special group rates are also available.
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