Old Market and Kaminski Hardware Buildings
A 60-minute guided tour takes visitors through the buildings, both of which date from 1842. The tour covers the story of the rice culture in Georgetown County, one of the most colorful chapters in American History.
The Old Market Building Clock Tower houses maps, dioramas, artifacts and other permanent exhibits that assist visitors in gaining an understanding of a society based on one agricultural crop.
The Kaminski Building includes the Maritime History Museum, home of the "Browns Ferry Vessel." This is the oldest vessel of colonial manufacture in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Artifacts and information on the maritime history of Georgetown County are also included in this exhibit.
Rice in Georgetown County
The Kaminski Building tour continues with a 17-minute video presentation of "The Garden of Gold," a history of rice in Georgetown County.
Other exhibits include the history of the Kaminski Hardware Company and the Jewish Community of Georgetown, and a special archeological exhibit that explores the Gullah history of Georgetown. This exhibit documents the African-American presence from the ground up in "Footsteps of the Plantation."
Miss Ruby Forsythe
One of the nation's great educators, is spotlighted in a special exhibit that traces her long illustrious career as a teacher of African-American students in a one-room school at Pawleys Island. An interactive video allows visitors to hear Miss Ruby talk about her career and her views on education.
Joseph Hayne Rainey
Born into slavery in Georgetown, he rose from his humble beginnings to become the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. This exhibit also includes a video.