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|Pawley’s Island is both an Atlantic coast barrier island and an incorporated town in Georgetown County, South Carolina. The population was 138 at the 2000 census. The post office address also includes an unincorporated area on the mainland adjacent to the island, which includes a commercial district along the Ocean Highway (US Route 17) and a residential area between the highway and the Waccamaw River. Pawley’s Island is one of the oldest resort areas of the US East Coast. On the mainland sits the community of Pawley’s Island which is part of the Waccamaw Neck, a long, narrow peninsula between the ocean and the river.||
|The earliest known inhabitants of the area were Waccamaw and Winyah Indians. George Pawley was an early settler, giving his name to the community. The breezy island quickly became a refuge from the mosquitoes that were notable during the summer.
In 1791, two years after he was elected president, George Washington toured Pawley’s Island. He passed right down The King’s Highway in the unincorporated portion of Pawley’s Island to visit the Alstons, who were wealthy plantation owners just to the south. Today this area is home to many of the beautiful golf and residential communities that Pawley’s Island is known for.
A local legend on Pawley’s Island has grown about The Gray Man Ghost, a friendly ghost who warns of impending storms.
Pawley’s Island still retains a quaintness and a relaxed pace which makes it a rare island along the U.S. east coast. The water temperature is comfortable from May to October, and there is abundant fishing, crabbing, shrimping, and bird watching most months of the year.
|There are currently four public schools located in Pawleys Island. The public schools include: Waccamaw High School (as of 2007 classified as of Spring 2007 as a menber of the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) program), the new Waccamaw Middle School, and Waccamaw Elementary. Waccamaw High School has been recognized s a Palmetto Gold school since 2001.|