President Grover Cleveland “put Georgetown on the map” when he was tossed from a skiff during a duck hunting expedition in 1894. News of his rescue alerted the nation to the rich hunting here. The “second Yankee invasion” occurred in the 1920’s and 1930’s when wealthy northerners came to this area and bought many of the idle and abandoned plantations. They built hunting lodges and used the land as a retreat from the pressures of business and the pace of city life.
Ducks, deer, and turkeys were bagged in large numbers before bag limits were imposed in the mid-1930’s. Today, hunting continues to enjoy a huge popularity and the fall season finds hunt clubs active.
Jerry and Roy Caines are two of Georgetown’s best known personalities to local duck hunters. Their carved decoys are works of art and have received numerous awards. They have brought several pieces of their work here to the Museum and their process can be seen in the step-by-step carvings on display.