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The Rice Museum

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633 Front Street
Georgetown, SC 29440


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Explores history of local rice cultivation, colonial ship and an adjacent art gallery shop

The Rice Museum offers a 60-minute guided tour through the Old Market Building and Kaminski Hardware buildings. The tour tells the story of the rice culture in Georgetown County, one of the most colorful chapters in American History. Through maps, dioramas, artifacts, videos, and other exhibits, visitors learn about a society based on one agricultural crop. The tour includes the Browns Ferry Vessel, which dates to the early 1700s. It is the oldest vessel of colonial manufacture in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic places. Also included is a video presentation of “The Garden of Gold,” a history of rice culture in Georgetown County, exhibits on the Kaminski Hardware Company, Gullah history, Miss Ruby Forsythe (one of South Carolina’s great educators), and Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American elected to the United States Congress. The museum includes a gift shop and the Prevost Gallery, which features rotating exhibits of art and history.