Georgetown County Location: A coastal and inland South Carolina county, it is about 15 miles south of Myrtle Beach and 60 miles north of Charleston. Population: 60,000, estimated by U.S. Census Bureau in 2005. Land: 1,035 square miles (815 square miles of land; 220 of water). Towns and cities: Andrews, Garden City Beach, Georgetown, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island/Litchfield. Rivers: Greater Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Black, Sampit and Santee, which join to meet the ocean at Winyah Bay. Seaport: City of Georgetown. Georgetown County and its county seat, Georgetown, were named for King George II of England. Spanish explorers are believed to have visited this coastal area in 1526, but no permanent settlement was established. English planters and their African slaves moved into the region in the early 18th century, building large rice and indigo plantations. The town of Georgetown, which was established around 1730, was a busy port serving the surrounding plantations. Georgetown District was first named in 1769, encompassing the parishes of Prince George, All Saints, and Prince Frederick. In the 1780s, the district was divided into four counties: Liberty (which became Marion District in 1800), Kingston (which became Horry District in 1801), Williamsburg (which became a separate district in 1804), and Winyah (which was renamed Georgetown in 1800). During the Revolutionary War, the troops of General Francis Marion often hid in the swamps of Georgetown County while waging guerrilla warfare against the British. Rice planting declined after the Civil War, and many of the old plantations became wildlife or hunting preserves. Many famous South Carolinians were residents of Georgetown County, including Thomas Lynch Jr. (1749-1779), a signer of the Declaration of Independence; artist Washington Allston (1779-1843); Theodosia Burr Alston (1783-1813), the daughter of Aaron Burr; Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), Congressman, secretary of war, and ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the poinsettia to the United States; and Joseph Haynes Rainey (1832-1887), the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, many visitors come for Georgetown County's history and a glimpse of a by-gone rice culture. Others find solace as they unwind with their families among the native live oaks and ocean dunes, whether they're swinging in a rope hammock on a cottage porch or swinging a golf club. From the sandy beaches, championship golf courses and nature-based activities to history and culture and world-class dining and shopping, Georgetown County has it all! (Compiled from www.statelibrary.sc.gov and www.visitgeorgetowncounty.com)
Georgetown County Board of Education Jim Dumm, chairman Benny Elliott, vice-chairman Sarah Elliott, secretary Teresa Bennani, parliamentarian Eric Allen David Curry Sandra Johnson Arthur Lance, Jr. Elery Little Superintendent: Dr. Randy Dozier District office: 436-7000 Web site: www.gcsd.k12.sc.us Elementary schools Andrews Elementary School 13072 County Line Road Andrews, South Carolina 29510 Brian Clark, Principal Phone: (843) 264 - 3419 Fax: (843) 264 - 5511 Brown's Ferry Elementary School 7292 Brown's Ferry Road Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Bethany Giles-Burgess, Principal Phone: (843) 527 - 1325 Fax: (843) 546 - 2138 Kensington Elementary School 86 Kensington Boulevard Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Fedrick Cohens, Principal Phone: (843) 546 - 8511 Fax: (843) 546 - 0605 Maryville Elementary School 2125 Poplar Street Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Stephanie Bell, Principal Phone: (843) 546 - 8423 Fax: (843) 546 - 5038 McDonald Elementary School 532 McDonald Road Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Miriam Daniels, Principal Phone: (843) 527 - 3485 Fax: (843) 546 - 8674 Plantersville Elementary Scho ol 1668 Exodus Drive Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Shawn Johnson, Principal Phone: (843) 546 - 8453 Fax: (843) 527 - 2869 Pleasant Hill Elementary School 127 Schoolhouse Road Hemingway, South Carolina 29554 Teddy Graham, Principal Phone: (843) 558 - 9417 Fax: (843) 558 - 7017 Sampit Elementary School 69 Woodland Avenue Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Maudest Rhue-Scott, Principal Phone: (843) 527 - 4411 Fax: (843) 546 - 1226 Waccamaw Elementary School 1364 Waverly Road Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585 Vervatine Reid, Principal Phone: (843) 237 - 4233 Fax: (843) 237 - 2015
Waccamaw Intermediate School 320 Wildcat Way Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585 Timothy Carnahan, Principal Phone: (843) 237 - 7071 Fax: (843) 237-7031 Middle schools Carvers Bay Middle School 13000 Choppee Road Hemingway, South Carolina 29554 Darryl Stanley, Principal Phone: (843) 545 - 0918 Fax: (843) 558 - 6937 Georgetown Middle School 2400 Anthuan Maybank Drive Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Rosemary Gray, Principal Phone: (843) 527 - 4495 Fax: (843) 527 - 2290 Rosemary Middle School 12804 County Line Road Andrews, South Carolina 29510 Michael Caviris, Principal Phone: (843) 264 - 9780 Fax: (843) 264 - 9787 Waccamaw Middle School 247 Wildcat Way Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585 Bill Dwyer, Principal Phone: (843) 237 - 0106span> Fax: (843) 237 - 0237 High schools Andrews High School 12890 County Line Road Andrews, South Carolina 29510 Michelle Staggers, Principal Phone: (843) 264 - 3414 Fax: (843) 264 - 3326 Carvers Bay High School 13002 Choppee Road Hemingway, South Carolina 29554 Kelvin Wymbs, Principal Phone: (843) 545 - 5837 Fax: (843) 558 - 6927 Georgetown High School 2500 Anthuan Maybank Drive Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Dr. Michael Cafaro, Principal Phone: (843) 546 - 8516 Fax: (843) 546 - 8521 Waccamaw High School 2412 Kings River Road Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585 David Hammel, Principal Phone: (843) 237 - 9899 Fax: (843) 237 - 9883 Vocational schools Horry-Georgetown Technical College Georgetown Campus 4003 South Fraser Street Georgetown, SC 29440 (843) 546 - 8406 Murray Vernon, Provost (843) 520 - 1400 firstname.lastname@example.org Howard Adult Center & Optional School 500 South Kaminski Street Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 Lynn Kirtley, Adult Center Principal Phone: (843) 546-0219 Fax: (843) 527-0236 Jim Ferdon, Optional Program Coordinator Phone: (843) 546 - 2770 Fax: (843) 527 - 7731
Colleges/Universities Coastal Carolina University P.O. Box 261954 Conway, SC 29528-6054 (843) 347 - 3161 www.coastal.edu Adult/Higher Education OLLI at CCU Waccamaw Higher Education Center 160 Willbrook Boulevard Litchfield (843) 349 - 4030 www.coastal.edu OLLI at Georgetown Higher Education Center 1273 No. Fraser Street Georgetown (843) 546 - 7523 or 349 - 4030 www.coastal.edu
Georgetown County Government 843-545-3063 www.georgetowncountysc.org 129 Screven St. P.O. Box 421270 Georgetown, SC 29442 County Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held in County Council Chambers on the second floor of the Georgetown County Courthouse. County Council members: Austin Beard - District 5 Andrews 264-8705 Ron Charlton - District 2 Georgetown 546-2200 Lillie Jean Johnson - District 4 Georgetown 546-6307 Leona Myers-Miller - District 3 Georgetown 546-9642 Johnny Morant - District 7 Georgetown 527-2448 Jerry Oakley - District 1 Murrells Inlet 357-1675 Glenn O'Connell - District 6 Pawleys Island 237-7933 Andrews Town Hall 843-264-8666 www.townofandrews.org 101 N. Morgan Ave. Andrews, SC 29510 Council: Mayor Rodney Giles, Thomas Alford, Patsy Greene, Sid Ackerman, Michael Shaw, Terrance Middleton, Angela Anderson. Council meets the third Thursday of the month. Georgetown City Hall 843-545-4000 www.cityofgeorgetownsc.com 120 N. Fraser St. P.O. Drawer 939 Georgetown, SC 29442 Council: Brendon M. Barber, Sr., Rudolph Bradley, Paige B. Sawyer, III, Jack Scoville, Clarence C. Smalls, Peggy B. Wayne, Mayor Lynn Wood Wilson. Council meets the third Thursday of the month at City Hall. Holds many special meetings during the year. Murrells Inlet 2007 357-2007 www.murrellsinletsc.com P.O. Box 1357 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Not a governmental body Non-profit revitalization group Board members: Whitney Hills, Kelly Dorman, Al Hitchcock, Tom Swatzel, Jim Wilkie, Sean Bond, Peggy Bates, John Benso, Charlie Campbell. Pawleys Island Town Hall 843-237-1698 www.townofpawleysisland.com 321 Myrtle Ave. P.O. Box 1818 Pawleys Island, SC 29585 Council members: Mayor Bill Otis, Mike Adams, Mary McAllister, Glennie Tarbox, Sarah Zimmerman. Business Links Georgetown County New Business Web Resources for New Businesses Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce www.georgetownchamber.com Georgetown County Economic Development www.seegeorgetown.com SCORE (small business help) www.score.org Small Business Development Center www.scsbdc.moore.sc.edu South Carolina Department of Revenue www.sctax.org South Carolina Virtual One Stop www.sconestop.org U.S. Small Business Administration www.sba.gov Tourism Discover South Carolina Web site: http://discoversouthcarolina.com/ Georgetown County Web site: http://www.visitgeorgetowncountysc.com Hospitality Association of South Carolina Web site: http://www.schospitality.org/ SC Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Web site: http://www.scprt.com/ Things to Do Brookgreen Gardens Highway 17 South Murrells Inlet, SC 235-6000 www.brookgreen.org A showplace of art and nature developed in the 1930s by Archer and Hyatt Huntington on the site of four colonial rice plantations. Over 550 pieces of America's finest 19th and 20th century sculpture and 2,000 species of plants. Also has a wildlife park, special guided nature cruises and kayak trips. style="mso-spacerun: yes"> Open Monday through Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Closed Christmas. Georgetown County Museum 632 Prince St. Georgetown, SC 545-7020 email@example.com www.georgetowncountyhistoricalsociety.com Preserves and displays more than 300 years of history and culture in the third oldest city in the state. Open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children free; 6-18, $2; adults, $3-$4. Hobcaw Barony Visitor Center 22 Hobcaw Road Georgetown, SC 546-4623 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hobcawbarony.com A nature preserve and wildlife refuge. Hosts Bellefield Plantation, a slave street, salt march boardwalk, small nature/history museum, visitors center and many entertaining exhibits. Open to the public through guided tours.
Hopsewee Plantation 494 Hopsewee Rd. Georgetown, SC mail@ hopsewee.com www.hopsewee.com A National Historic Landmark, it is the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Built in 1740, the home has been preserved and only four families have owned it. It is furnished with 18th and 19th century furniture. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year round by appointment. Huntington Beach State Park Highway 17 North Murrells Inlet, SC 237-4440 www.southcarolinaparks.com Oceanfront park with RV and tent sites, swimming, fishing, camping, nature walks and a gift store. Open Monday through Sunday until dark. Kaminksi House Museum 1003 Front St. Georgetown, SC 546-7706 The Kaminksi House was built around 1770, is located in the heart of the historic district, and contains a collection of American and English antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries. Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art P.O. Box 1975 Pawleys Island, SC 29585 237-4774 email@example.com www.pawleysmusic.com Annual event during the month of September featuring all types of music, including symphony orchestras, jazz, bluegrass, gospel, choral, beach music, blues, big band and more. Held inside and outside at different venues. Swamp Fox Players Strand Theater 710 Front St. Georgetown, SC 527-2924 Community theater. Box office open 2 to 4 p.m. The Rice Museum 635 Front St. Georgetown, SC 546-7423 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ricemuseum.org Museum of art and history. Exhibits include dioramas of rice culture, a 1730's river vessel, and a film, “Garden of Gold.” Tours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Coastal South Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties Georgetown chapter 537 Lafayette Circle Georgetown 546-5422 http://horrycounty.redcross.org/ A nationwide network of nearly 850 chapters and Blood Services regions dedicated to saving lives, and helping people prevent and respond to emergencies. Diabetes CORE Group P.O. Box 2803 Georgetown, SC 29442 546-6887 Contact: Florence Linnen Georgetown Hospital System Volunteer Services Coordinator 527-7164 email@example.com Habitat for Humanity 1907 Hampton Street Georgetown 546-5685 www.habitatgeorgetown.com A Christian-based organization that gives low-income working families a chance to contribute to society. With the help of volunteers, it builds decent homes in decent communities. Homeowners purchase their homes with no-interest mortgages and sweat equity.
Helping Hands 552 Black River Rd. Georgetown 527-3424 http://www.helpinghandsofgeorgetown.com Helping Hands was established in 1989 and operates as an ecumenical ministry on behalf of local churches in Georgetown County to give assistance to people during periods of crisis, and to address needs through the most effective use of community resources. March of Dimes Pee Dee Division 314 Laurel Street, Suite 201 Conway (843)488-3463 www.marchofdimes.com The March of Dimes fights to save babies, and wants to solve the problems of prematurity, birth defects and low birthweight. Relay for Life 1-800-ACS-2345 www.cancer.org Teams of people from all walks of life have fun while raising much-needed funds to fight cancer and raise awareness of cancer prevention and treatment. Salvation Army 2401 Authuan Maybank Drive 546-4632 www.salvationaramycarolinas.org An international movement and evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible and motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc. 2591 N. Fraser Street Georgetown Phone: (843) 546-3410 Toll Free: (888) 922-3410 www.tidelandshospice.org Hospice is a special way of comforting and caring for people with terminal illnesses, and supporting the people who love them. United Way 515 Front St. Georgetown 546-6317 www.georgetowncountyunitedway.org United Way works in the community on issues such as affordable housing, quality child care, reducing domestic violence, increasing the high school graduation rate, and after-school and elder care. Job Links http://www.lowcountryclassifieds.com