Georgetown is the 3rd oldest city and 2nd largest seaport in South Carolina, handling over 960,000 tons of material a year. Located on Winyah Bay at the confluence of the Black, Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit rivers, the city has a total area of 7.2 miles and just under 10,000 residents as of the latest census count. By mid 1800s, Georgetown produced nearly one-half the total rice crop for the entire United States and became the largest rice exporting port in the world. Today the Georgetown Historic District has more than 50 homes, public building and sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Heritage tourism has become a booming business. Visitors are also attracted to the Front St. downtown district with its many restaurants and shops.
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