Living Here Guide

Georgetown

Originally named Georgetown County Stadium the City of Georgetown renamed it Mike Johnson Park after Georgetown legendary coach Mike Johnson.
Originally named Georgetown County Stadium the City of Georgetown renamed it Mike Johnson Park after Georgetown legendary coach Mike Johnson. cslate@thesunnews.com

Established | In 1729, the third oldest city in South Carolina, behind Charleston and Beaufort. By 1840, the city and Georgetown County had become one of the nation’s wealthiest locales as a result of exports of indigo and “Carolina Gold” rice that were grown on local plantations.

Origin of name | The city was named for King George II of England.

What’s grand about it | Quaint downtown shops, oak-lined streets, historic eateries, majestic mansions, museums, interesting architecture and the Harborwalk, a waterfront boardwalk dotted with shops and restaurants, in the downtown business district.

Major events | Winyah Bay Heritage Festival in March, the Wooden Boat Show in October and Taste of Georgetown in November.

Major employers | City of Georgetown, Georgetown Hospital Systems and Wal-Mart.

What’s new | Two years after a fire destroyed half a waterfront block of commercial buildings, reconstruction is slowly beginning. Owners of the eight buildings have had difficulty with permits and meeting codes that did not exist when the buildings were built in the early 1800s. But the loss spurred a boomlet of new business in other parts of Front Street.

Best kept secret | While not really a secret, the annual Bridge2Bridge Run draws crowds from all over the state and offers a wide variety of physical challenges. The half-marathon 5K event, which showcases the beautiful sites around the city, benefits several local charities.

Property tax | 87 mills, plus 188.3 countywide mills

Numbers to know

City Hall | 120 N. Fraser St., P.O. Box 939; 843-545-4000

Police department | 2222 Highmarket St.; 843-545-4300 (non-emergency)

Fire department | 1405 Prince St.; 5843-45-4200 (non-emergency)

Electric service | 800 Church St.; 843-545-4600

Public Works | 125 N. Kaminski St.; 843-545-4700

Billing and Finance department | 120 N. Fraser St.; 843-545-4033

Animal control | Operated by St. Frances Animal Center, 125 Ridge St., 843-527-6763.

Mayor | Mayor Jack M. Scoville Jr., 843-546-1130 (work); scorac@aol.com

Mayor Pro Tem | Peggy P. Wayne, 5843-46-1511 (work), peggywayne1@yahoo.com (term ends 2015)

Councilmember | Brendon M. Barber Sr., 843-546-5773

Councilmember | Rudolph A. Bradley, 843-997-3602 (work); rudolphab@oppf.com (term ends 2015)

Councilmember | Carol Jayroe, 843-240-4492

Councilmember | Ed Kimbrough Jr., 843-359-0394

Councilmember | Clarence C. Smalls, 843-520-6127; csmalls@cogsc.com (term ends 2015)

Fast fact

The city of Georgetown is the third oldest city in the state. It was established in 1729.

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