The Georgetown County Historical Society began in 1955 when seven local residents gathered together to discuss the possibility of starting an historical society. From those early beginnings, we have now grown into a viable, significant organization with a mission of preserving, protecting, and promoting the rich heritage and history of Georgetown County.
The humble beginning of a museum to house this history was two display cases in the Georgetown County Library with some items donated by residents. Today, the Society operates a modern two-story, climate controlled, multipurpose building which houses offices of the Historical Society and a museum showcasing artifacts that tell the story of our rich heritage and unique culture.
The Georgetown County Historical Society has been active in public affairs by lending support when appropriate as preservationists. We work with Georgetown County officials and other entities to ensure that pieces of our cultural heritage are not lost to development or neglect in areas rich in history.
Educational programs are conducted that highlight many elements of our history. School groups are welcomed by Museum educators to enhance knowledge and support curriculum standards as well as give children a sense of their heritage. Our 1st Tuesday Lecture Series is free and open to the public on a variety of subjects pertaining to Georgetown County history. Speakers are presented from May to November from all walks of historical and cultural areas.
The Georgetown County Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Support comes from member dues, sales in our Rice Trunk Gift Shop, donations, and fundraisers. We receive no income from any governmental agency. Two very popular annual events are Cattails and Cocktails which presents area chefs preparing dishes of local catch from the land and sea along with a silent auction and raffle. The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival will again join the BASS Masters Elite Fishing Tournaments to promote our ties with the natural resources of this area and with conservation.