South Carolina is a spectacular beach destination with miles of shoreline to explore. There are boardwalks stretching along the ocean, green marshes, endless water activities and golf courses. But this Southern state is also home to history and culture dating back hundreds of years, including old plantations, Civil War historic sites, and even a connection to Judaism.

South Carolina’s famous vacation town, Myrtle Beach, is popular with Canadian families. But not far from the sun, sand and surf of the Atlantic lies historical Georgetown County. Positioned on the Sampit River it’s about an hour drive along U.S. Highway 17 from central Myrtle Beach. Georgetown is the third-oldest city in South Carolina and a good starting place to learn about early Jewish settlers to the state.

In the mid-1700s Jews began arriving in Georgetown’s seaport, and although the Jewish population was quite small, it was still important to the future of the community.

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This article appeared September 2016 on The Canadian Jewish News site.