West and south of Georgetown is Jamestown, settled by French Huguenots in 1706. Fleeing from France to England and England to America, these religious asylum seekers were granted land in the cypress swamps of what would become South Carolina.
Three large plantations were built and thrived for many years, but the town itself never had more than 270 people.
Now, it has 72.
A train passed through town to pick up indigo, then rice, then cotton, and take them to America's first canal and load them on canal boats, then on to the river where they were reloaded on steamboats bound for the markets of Charleston.
The old elementary school for black children, built in the 1920s and abandoned in the 1960s when school desegregation became law, is one of the few buildings left. Money to build it came from Julius Rosenwald, Sears Roebuck magnate, at the urging of Booker T. Washington. Some say it was generosity on Rosenwald's part but others believe he had a different motive: to teach Blacks to read so they could purchase things from his merchandise catalog.
Empty now, it was used as a community center for awhile and then abandoned once again.
Sign on the door:
No Concealed Weapons
The old Sea Board Coast Line Railroad depot is now headquarters for the town's annual celebration, Hell Hole Swamp Festival. (That really is the name of one of swamps in town, along with Four Hole Swamp and some other with less picturesque names!)
On the outskirts of town, remnants of efforts to make a living silently decay.
The Riverside Cafe (no river in sight) is still looking for a new owner (yellow real estate sign on the right). Once it offered "Regular Meals and Short Orders," and a place for travelers to stop on their way to Charleston. One can only imagine the condition of the inside.
The bones of a produce stand, a large blanket with a photo of a baby behind I suspect is a grownup by now.
Home of a cotton or peanut farmer on the highway to Charleston.
Jamestown ... just another small forgotten South Carolina town.