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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Georgetown, SC

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Get to Know the Grand Strand: Georgetown, SC

With a balmy year-round pleasant climate, abundant entertainment options and one of the best costs of living in the United States, the Grand Strand is a phenomenal place to call home! In the past year the Myrtle Beach area grew by 3.8%, with more than 1,400 people relocating per month.

With so many people flocking to the area, there are probably some of you out there who are still trying to figure out the lay of the land. At Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living we want everyone to feel completely at home in this community. That’s why BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living is here to offer a better look at the neighborhoods and townships that make up the Grand Strand.

This week we are looking at the historic town of Georgetown, SC.

History

As you drive down streets lined with ancient oak trees, you cannot help but feel the weight of history all around you. Founded in 1729, Georgetown is the third oldest city in South Carolina. The region first rose to prominence during the American Revolution, serving as a vital supply port for the Continental Army. Many of the skirmishes between British troops and the legendary Swamp Fox, Francis Marion, took place in Georgetown County. Following the Revolution, President Washington visited the city as part of his Southern Tour in 1791.

During the Antebellum period, the city of Georgetown flourished as a major agrarian area and trading port. Local planters made vast fortunes using a massive slave labor force to cultivate rice. By 1840, half of all the rice consumed in the United States was grown in Georgetown. While the city was spared physical damage during the Civil War, the social, political and economic upheaval that followed led to the collapse of the rice culture in Georgetown.

Today, the charming Georgetown Historic District contains more than fifty homes, public buildings, and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Attractions

Whether you’re a history buff looking to explore the city’s various museums and historical sites or an environmentalist looking to lose yourself in the natural beauty of the low country, this coastal gem has something for everyone.  

Nestled on the banks of Winyah Bay, visitors to Downtown Georgetown will become instantly smitten with the area’s coastal beauty. Spend an afternoon devouring delectable seafood and strolling through winsome shops on the easily navigable and handicapped-accessible, Harborwalk. Explore the area’s rich history aboard the Swamp Fox Tram or on the guided Ghosts of Georgetown Lantern Tour.

In addition to various historical sites and a charming waterfront, Georgetown is also home to the Yawkee Wildlife Center. Left to the state of South Carolina by the late Boston Redsox owner, Thomas Yawkee, the Yawkee Wildlife Center is a 24,000-acre wildlife preserve consisting of pristine marshland, upland longleaf pine forests, maritime forests and beaches.

Real Estate

It usually takes just one visit for a person to fall head over hears for the Georgetown community. If you are looking to relocate to the Georgetown area, turn to real estate pros at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For more than 60 years, the friendly staff and real estate professionals at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living have been helping people find their forever home in the Grand Strand. Visit our website or stop by our office today to explore the incredible homes and condos for sale in Georgetown, SC.

And from all us here at BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living, welcome home!

Kyle earned his Masters and Bachelors Degrees from the University of Alabama. A native of the Upstate, Kyle fell in love with the Grand Strand as a child during summer vacations with his family. A passionate writer, reader and world traveler, he can always be found on the beach with his head in the clouds and a book in his hands.

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