Anytime you visit Myrtle Beach, you know you’ll have a multitude of attractions to explore and adventures to pursue without having to venture far from your home away from home at The Strand Resort. But sometimes, it’s nice to spread your wings and experience other locations along the Carolina coast.
For a unique and memorable experience in the area, get in your car and travel about an hour south of The Strand, where you’ll find a historic South Carolina city known as Georgetown. Here, you can walk along the waterfront, shop at local boutiques, taste some great Lowcountry cooking and discover some of the oldest homes in the state.
One of the most historic homes in Georgetown is the Kaminski House, which was built in the late 1700s by Paul Trapier, a wealthy merchant known as “The King of Georgetown.” Over the years, the house has been passed along to different owners, in addition to undergoing a few renovations to make sure the facilities were updated and comfortable for visitors. The most recent owner, Julia Kaminski, gave the house and everything in it to the City of Georgetown in honor of her husband and his mother.
If deep Southern charm appeals to you, we highly recommend that you make a visit to the Kaminski House Museum, where you can learn more about what life was like along the “Hammock Coast” 200 years ago. Visitors to the attraction can take individual or group tours, which include a visit to the Kaminski House Museum as well as the Stewart-Parker House, another historical home in Georgetown. On your way out, stop by the old butler’s quarters, where you will find a gift shop offering a variety of unique souvenirs to take home with you.
Today, the Kaminski House serves as a backdrop for a number of special events, including weddings, bridal showers, tea parties, musical performances, holiday parties and more. If you are interested, museum staff members can provide you with more information.
Another nearby historical attraction is the old rice plantation Hopsewee, which was not only a major rice plantation during the American Revolution, but was also the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Of course, the home is beautiful to look at, but to really understand and learn about the history of the plantation, take the cellar-to-attic guided tour. During the tour, you will learn about the history of the home and its previous and currently owners. Other key highlights of the location include the moss-covered oak trees and the pristine river vista. To continue your Deep South experience on the property, grab a bite to eat or have some tea at the “newest jewel,” the River Oak Cottage Tea Room, one of the top tea rooms in the state of South Carolina.
While the Kaminski House and Hopsewee are some of the top attractions in town, your visit to Georgetown would not be complete without strolling along the Harborwalk or taking in a sightseeing tour. And the links to the past don’t end there — with over 25 historical buildings from the 18th century still intact, there is so much to see and learn during a day trip to Georgetown.
After your day exploring the past in Georgetown, head back to The Strand Resort, Myrtle Beach to take advantage of our modern accommodations and first-class amenities. We’ll look forward to helping you enjoy the best of the past and the present on the Carolina coast.