• Georgetown Rice Museum - Georgetown, South Carolina

      Georgetown Rice Museum
      Photo by Dennis Goza
      In the 1850s, Georgetown was the nation's largest exporter of rice. This modest museum, comprising three floors in two historic buildings from the period, pays tribute to the region's rice-producing heritage, as well as the heritage of the African-Americans whose labor made the industry possible. (One of them was Joseph Hayne Rainey, a former slave who became the first African-American elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.) One of the most fascinating things on display is a large selection of very large business ledgers dating from as far back as 150 years ago, that you can actually leaf through and examine the handwritten business transactions. There's also an extensive gift shop worth browsing through, as well as an art gallery.

      If you go:
      Open every day except Sunday and major holidays. The 60-minute museum tours are conducted at scheduled times during the day. Locals highly recommend a nearby restaurant called Aunny's, a seafood/ soul food landmark.


      637 Front Street
      Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Rice Museum
      +1 (843) 546-7423