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The South Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone Number: 843 520 0111
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Description: The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December...
The South Carolina Maritime Museum (SCMM) opened its doors in December 2011. The Museum has been a sixteen year-old vision of the Harbor Historical Association (HHA) a grassroots, volunteer group that began in 1996 with a mission to preserve and promote the maritime history of Georgetown County and South Carolina. Through community support of the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show and related events, HHA was able to accumulate initial funding for the museum. It is the only museum in the state with the sole mission of interpreting South Carolina Maritime history.The SCMM is located on the first floor of an old McCrory five and dime store building, on the waterfront in the middle of Georgetown's historic business district. The front third of the Museum's 5,000 square foot space has been finished and fitted for an exhibit area and small gift shop. The original maple floors and brick walls have been exposed and a moveable wall can be slid back as more exhibits are added. The SCMM’s first temporary exhibit tells the story of the lumber schooners that sailed in and out of Georgetown between 1890 and 1920 when Georgetown was the biggest lumber port in the Southeast. Sailing ships and steamships transported millions of feet of pine and cypress lumber from South Carolina forests to cities in the northeastern United States. The stories of these ships and their crews are an important part of the maritime history of South Carolina.The "Lumber Schooners" exhibit is a series of 26 enlarged photographs, charts, and maps that have been reproduced, courtesy of the Maine Maritime Museum and the Georgetown County Digital Library. Much of the exhibit is devoted to the CITY OF GEORGETOWN, a four-masted sailing schooner chartered by the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company, whose mill in Georgetown was one of the largest lumber operations in America at the time. The construction of the vessel was financed by a group of forty nine investors, nine of whom were Georgetown people. The exhibit will be on display through the summer of 2012.There are endless stories connecting the sea to agriculture, commerce, military, recreation, education, and how ships and their crews and builders played a role. It is the mission of the South Carolina Maritime Museum to tell these stories through: Interactive Exhibits, Rare Artifacts from the Marine Industry, Model Ships and Artwork, Educated Volunteers and Staff, Special Programs for Young and Old.
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A hidden gem....

This museum was interesting and FREE admission. They are open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. It's located on Front Street & it's in a store front building. The ship models... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This little museum features much of the history of the boats that helped to fashion the area. It is displayed by actual pieces, by photos and by models of boats. It's a small place and doesn't take long to tour but it should be seen when visiting Georgetown. I found the old photos of the town interesting to compare the... More 

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

It's a small museum, but growing. Very interesting history of Georgetown and maritime SC. The addition of the Lens from the North Island Lighthouse is wonderful. It's not big, but as one of five museums in town, if you spend a day you can get around to all. The little gift shop is very fun.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This is an interesting record of the maritime history of the Georgetown area. Not enough to hold the attention of most youngsters, but worth a few minutes if they are interested in models or ships.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a great place to better understand this historic inland port dating back to the Colonial Period. In an hour one can see historic photos of the indigo and cotton trade, ship models, and exhibits. One of its prized possessions is the Fifth Order Fresnel lens from the North Island Light House. It is effectively displayed. The museum store... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

An insight into the SC marine history of Winyah Bay and the early settlement of the region. This is an ongoing development and is partially supported by the Goat Island Yacht club wooden boat show and auction held each fall around October. This is a great attraction featuring the building and sailing of small wooden sailboats, antique boats, marine displays... More 

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Cookeville, Tennessee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The maritime museum was very small. I think they are still working on getting more exhibits, but it was air conditioned and free so we stopped by to see it. There were public restrooms available as well as a small gift shop. It's worth stopping in, but we really loved the maritime museum in Savannah. It's large, with multiple levels.... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Was in Georgetown to meet with friends & had some time to spend after lunch. Very interesting way to learn about SC boating history. The ship models are well done! Great for all ages.

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Mamaroneck, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Not totally engaging unless you are really in to marine history. Interesting and accessible, spend as much or as little time as you want.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This museum was interesting and FREE admission. They are open Monday thru Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. It's located on Front Street & it's in a store front building. The ship models are encased with detailed information about each of them. My favorite was the wooden steamship. They have a museum store with a variety of nautical gifts &... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It's a very small place and nothing really interesting that you can't see in other SC museums. If you are already in Georgetown you might as well stop by since it's free but don't expect too much. They also had the heat cranked up to an unbearable level.

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