125 Years Ago, 1894
Ever since the juvenile element of our community traced out a diamond for base-ball on the outskirts of town, the craze for the game has steadily increased. Possibly as widespread in its effects as would have been the dreaded plague of cholera, it has made its effects known in nearly every household. Impelled by a desire to emulate the players on the Georgetown team, and not satisfied with tamely looking on from the cool retreats of the grandstands, our elder citizens, many whom probably had not played ball since before the war, recently curvetted about the diamond with all the agility of boys of sixteen.
100 Years Ago, 1919
Sealed bids will be received at the office of the undersigned until August 10th, 1919, for the purchase of the dwelling House and Lot on Prince Street, Georgetown, adjoining the Court House, formerly the property of the estate of Sarah E. White. A lot of furniture, including a few valuable old mahogany pieces, glassware, crockery, and other household articles, also to be sold. Terms cash. Walter Hazard, Agent and Attorney.
75 Years Ago, 1944
It is both saddening and maddening that all the Georgetown records of deeds and wills were burned in Columbia where they had been taken for safe keeping during the “late unpleasantness.” We must be grateful that so many houses have been since recorded for posterity by Julian Stevenson Bolick in his new book, Georgetown Houselore. We wish somehow that the author had not censored his notes so carefully and had let us have more of the spicy side of life we feel peeks out of those quiet windows of the charming old dwellings, a few of which were built while South Carolina was being colonized.
50 Years Ago, 1969
A complete dock restoration project at the Esso Marina at the foot of St. James Street on Sampit River is being underwritten by Humble Oil and Refinery. The new facility will fill in over a mile of nearly unbroken reclaimed Sampit waterfront on the eastern-most exposure, including the new dock being constructed at the foot of Meeting Street by James D. Hazzard. Prior to this, the Gulf Auto docks and the Nautica Marina were similar recent waterfront improvements.
25 Years Ago, 1994
The owners of Mansfield Plantation, once famed for rice production, are looking west to Hollywood for a more modern source of income. Linda Mock, executive director of the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, wants to see more movies made in the county and recently organized a meeting at the plantation, located just north of Georgetown on the west bank of the Black River, to discuss possibilities. Movie companies spent $2.5 million directly in South Carolina last year. In recent years, three films – Roanoke, Paradise and Made in Heaven – were partially filmed in Georgetown County.
Compiled by Elizabeth Huntsinger from the Georgetown Times archives.