On the 25th of September, 2013 – in the early morning – a fire broke out along a historic stretch of buildings on Front Street (image to the left was taken in November 2012) in Georgetown, South Carolina. Seven buildings were destroyed, another was damaged – and ten businesses were displaced along the 700 block of Front Street (via the Georgetown Times).
From The New York Times:
“Georgetown is South Carolina’s third oldest city, behind Charleston and Beaufort. It was founded 248 years ago at the confluence of the Great Pee Dee, Waccamaw and Sampit Rivers. Georgetown produced a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Lynch Jr., whose Hopsewee Plantation still stands along the North Santee River. According to Mayor Jack Scoville, the residential district, shaded by Spanish moss-laden live oaks, holds 28 pre-Revolutionary War buildings and homes, a number comparable to those of Charleston or Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.”
You can see more images and video coverage at The State.
I’ve been to Georgetown many times, but I finally made it again to Georgetown and Front Street on the 10th of October – just over two weeks after the fire. I was thrilled to see every parking spot filled, restaurants and cafes busy – and quite a bit of demolition progress. Last week they still held the Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge Run which had start and finish lines at the Rice Museum on Front Street. This weekend is the 24th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show – and I definitely
plan on attending. I’ve always had a soft spot for this small and charming town, and have encouraged Highway 17 travelers to turn onto Front Street and check the place out for themselves – and I will continue to do so. Here at US 17 we wish the best for the people and businesses of Georgetown – and have no doubt that the community will turn this tragic event into something positive and exciting.