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Georgetown Town Clock

The Georgetown town clock is the landmark feature of the Old Market Building in Georgetown, which houses the Rice Museum. In 1841, a fire destroyed many Front Street businesses in between Queen and Screven Streets. The old wooden market, which had sustained severe damage in the hurricane of 1822, was torn down as a fire break.

Paige Sawyer of Georgetown, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1842 the entire block, including the market and adjacent Kaminski Building, was rebuilt. The clock tower was added around 1845.

Georgetown Clock

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Interestingly, the tower was struck by lightning in May 2007, freezing the hands at 4:27. After many years of hard work by Georgetown’s residents and leaders, the clock tower began ticking again in 2012.

Snowy Georgetown Town Clock

Jeffrey Akerson of Exeter, New Hampshire, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Old Market Building, including the Georgetown town clock, is listed in the National Register.

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Contributor Paige Sawyer adds the following information: “The town clock building is a Greek Revival structure and was originally used as an open air market. As early as 1788, the site at the foot of Screven Street had been the location of the town market. The brick building replaced an earlier wooden structure. In February of 1865, when Federal troops occupied Georgetown, the town council signed surrender papers in this building.

“In 1970 the Georgetown County Historical Commission purchased the town clock from the City of Georgetown. The Commission restored the structure and ever since it has housed the Rice Museum, which opened in May of that year during the celebration of the South Carolina Tricentennial. The clockworks in the tower were made operational again in 1975.”

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Address: 633 Front Street, Georgetown, SC 29442
GPS Coordinates: 33.365667,-79.282305

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One Comment about Georgetown Town Clock

Jeffrey Akerson says:
August 16th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

What a freak storm. Very cool night though.




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