Land of Georgetown South Carolina is a site that allows you to understand the diversity of the area that not only encompasses the city of Georgetown but the county as well. Here history is still alive, here you can find solace, here you may find your new home, here is where you may never want to leave, here in the Land of Georgetown South Carolina.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,681 km˛ (1,035 mi˛). 2,110 km˛ (815 mi˛) of it is land and 570 km˛ (220 mi˛) of it (21.27%) is water.
Georgetown County has several rivers including the Great Pee Dee River, the Waccamaw River, Black River, and Sampit River, all of which flow into Winyah Bay. The Santee River, which forms the southern boundary of the county, empties directly into the Atlantic. The Intracoastal Waterway also crosses the county and Winyah Bay. The rivers and the bay have had a decisive effect on human development of the area, especially as the city of Georgetown has an excellent seaport and harbor.
Georgetown County is a diverse county with four distinct areas:
1. The Atlantic coastline, also called Waccamaw Neck, including the communities of Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and DeBordieu are part of The Grand Strand which includes Myrtle Beach to the north. The Georgetown County part of the Grand Strand used to be quaint and somewhat wild, but is exploding with development today. Condos line the shoreline at Litchfield, and many of the old cottages at Pawleys are also being demolished for more upscale homes. DeBordieu is a gated community.
Land of Georgetown South Carolina has left empty beachfront has disappeared and wild areas are also rapidly vanishing. A few wilder areas are being saved. Huntington Beach State Park preserves a little bit of coastline and coastal marshes in the northern section, with nearby Brookgreen Gardens keeping a historical rice plantation and some forest. Brookgreen Gardens, with a nature center and many outdoor sculptures is a very popular tourist spot. The University of South Carolina and Clemson University maintain the Belle W. Baruch research site at Hobcaw Barony on Waccamaw Neck. The islands around the outlet of Winyah Bay are designated as the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center Heritage Preserve.
2. The wild riverfronts have very little development, although the areas once thrived as rice plantations, using a rice variety brought from Africa. After the Civil War, and the loss of slave labor, the plantations gradually ceased production. Today they are primarily wild areas, accessible only by boat, with occasional remnants of the old dikes and water gates used for rice culture, as well as a few of the old plantation houses. Some of the plantations, such as Litchfield Plantation, have been redeveloped as Country Inns or planned communities. Great blue herons, alligators, and even an occasional bald eagle can be seen along the waterways. Fishing is a popular activity.
Land of Georgetown South Carolina where a tiny community exists on Sandy Island, in the Pee Dee River, which is accessible only by boat. The folks who live there are descendants of slaves, and are trying to keep out development. Recently the Federal government began buying land along the rivers for the new Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge which is intended to protect such wild areas. The headquarters of the refuge will be at Yauhannah in the northern part of the county.
3. The city of Georgetown is a small historic city that dates back to colonial times. It is a popular tourist area and a port for shrimp boats. Yachting snowbirds are often seen at the docks in spring and fall; these people follow the seasons along the Intracoastal waterway.
4. The inland rural areas are thinly populated and somewhat impoverished. Some higher land is good for agriculture or forestry. There are several Carolina bays, thought to be old craters from a striking meteor shower. These areas are rich in biodiversity, although the largest of them, Carvers Bay, was extensively damaged by use as a practice bombing range during World War II, and by draining the Land of Georgetown South Carolina.
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