The South Carolina Maritime Museum opened a new exhibit on Friday, November 30, 2012, titled “1905, Georgetown’s Golden Year”. The exhibit includes 35 enlarged and mounted photographs and other images, showing Georgetown’s waterfront and downtown area during 1905, which was the busiest year in the history of the Port of Georgetown. The exhibit will run through April 2013 and will be free and open to the public.
An exhibit opening reception was held for South Carolina Maritime Museum members and guests on Thursday, November 29 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
The year 1905 marked the capstone in Georgetown’s history as a port and the peak of Georgetown’s lumber industry. The maritime activity of Georgetown has never again approached the level of 1905. On December 19, 1905, the citizens of Georgetown, directed by Mayor William Doyle Morgan, celebrated the centennial anniversary of the incorporation of “The City on the Sampit” with a grand parade of boats and ships along the Sampit River and another grand parade along highly decorated Front Street. It was the biggest celebration that the town had ever produced.
The Museum’s exhibit features photographs of steamships, sailing ships, other vessels, and scenes from along the Georgetown waterfront, including the Centennial Celebration of December 1905 and copies of newspaper articles from 1905, describing the accomplishments of Mayor Morgan.
For more information about the new exhibit or to learn more about the South Carolina Maritime Museum contact director Susan Sanders at 843-520-0111, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit scmaritimemuseum.com.