|The Harbor Historical Association of Georgetown has committed to create the South Carolina Maritime Museum on the waterfront in downtown historic Georgetown. HHA is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) group which began in 1996 with a mission to preserve and promote the maritime history of Georgetown County and South Carolina.
We thank the Georgetown community for its support of the Wooden Boat Show making it a premier event of its kind on the southeast US coast. Its success has resulted in the HHA accumulating enough funds to move ahead with its goal of establishing a maritime museum in Georgetown.
In July of 2011, HHA acquired a loan to purchase the first floor (5,000 square feet) of a waterfront building in historic downtown Georgetown. Renovation of the building – which had been empty for many years – was completed in time for the first floor to be used for the 2011 Wooden Boat Show’s sponsor area and Friday night auction.
Following the boat show, the first third of the building’s beautiful maple floors were refinished and a temporary wall was put in place to accommodate initial museum exhibit space and a small gift shop. In December 2011, the fledgling South Carolina Maritime Museum opened its doors with Executive Director Susan Sanders at the helm to guide the vision, the development, and to oversee the capital campaign for the museum.
In February 2012, the museum held a public reception for the opening of its first exhibit, a photographic story of the lumber schooners that supplied South Carolina timber to New England ship builders and construction companies between 1880 and 1920. Nearly 200 enthusiastic guests attended the event.
The launching and early trials of the South Carolina Maritime Museum seem to be seaworthy.