Our goal with the RAISE the SAILS campaign is to raise $750,000 to make our vision of creating a rich and engaging maritime museum for both visitors and residents a reality. The success of this appeal will allow YOU and the Maritime Museum to be an instrumental partner in the ongoing development plan of Georgetown and Georgetown County. Recognition for level giving and naming opportunities are available.

For more information or to make a donation to the RAISE THE SAILS campaign please contact campaign director Susan Davis at (843) 325-1800 or email museum manager Hope McFaddin at info@sc-mm.org.


$25,000+    SKYSAIL
$15,000       ROYAL
$10,000       TOP GALLANT
$5,000         TOP SAIL
$1,000         MAIN SAIL

  • Create a functional and attractive space for community and museum events in the center of Georgetown.
  • Develop new innovative exhibits that will engage visitors of all ages through the use of technology.
  • Partner with local non-profit organizations and ecology groups to showcase our region’s history and ongoing transformation.
  • Create classroom and meeting space for the museum as well as the Georgetown community.
  • Partner with other maritime museums and groups to have the ability to share /rotate exhibits.
  • Expand summer youth boating programs.
  • Extend handicap access to entire facility.

Please join us by contributing to our expansion campaign.

We Bought the Boat…   Help Us Raise the Sails!


The Harbor Historical Association (HHA) is seeking donations to our “RAISE THE SAILS” appeal. HHA is the 501(c)(3) parent nonprofit for the South Carolina Maritime Museum and the Wooden Boat Show. In 2011, HHA purchased the first floor of 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC to realize the dream of a permanent Maritime Museum for our region.

In the short time between 2011 and now, this dream has grown into one of the largest attractions and contributions to our community with over 20,000 visitors to the museum each year, the 2nd largest Wooden Boat Show on the east coast, and the only museum of its kind in South Carolina, to cite a few. Because of this growth and success, in 2016, HHA was able to secure a Federal Loan to purchase the entire building housing the museum, the adjacent parking lot, and four contiguous boat slips on the Harbor. Renovations of the building were completed in 2017, expanding the museum space to the second floor.

These renovations have allowed the museum to increase its exhibit area, establish classroom space for youth programs and community needs, enhance space for museum member events and community rentals, and collaborate with other local nonprofits to develop exhibits and programs for our local schools and community in general.

The “RAISE THE SAILS” campaign will allow us to go the extra miles to make these visions a reality and to be competitive with today’s technology and innovation in museum presentations. Apps for museum guides, interactive exhibits for youth and adults, equipment for improved History for Lunch Talks, storage for Opti Prams for the summer youth sailing program are just some of the vision “extras” planned to make the SC Maritime Museum a visitor destination and a jewel for the city and county of Georgetown.

HHA looks forward to having you join with us in realizing these goals and creating a space of pride in the heart of Georgetown.