GeorgetownGeorgetown, PEI, incorporated as a town in 1912, population 675 (2011c), 634 (2006c). The Town of Georgetown, the capital of Kings County, is on the province's eastern coast, 52 km southeast of Charlottetown. Named for King George III, it is the site of an excellent harbour, in proximity to both the Gulf of ST LAWRENCE and NORTHUMBERLAND STR. In the 19th century, Georgetown became a principal Island shipbuilding and commercial centre. However, the town's economy was debilitated by the late 19th-century collapse of the shipbuilding industry. When railway and then highway construction increased Georgetown's coastal isolation, the centrally located community of MONTAGUE became the commercial centre of southern Kings.
In this century Georgetown's story has been one of further decline.