Once a coastal retreat for wealthy rice and indigo planters, historic McClellanville happily embraced its 20th-century makeover as a fishing village. And with it, the simple lifestyle and laid-back vibe it offers.
On the first Saturday of May each year, the friendly, free-spirited town welcomes visitors to its perch on Jeremy Creek to celebrate the bounty of its waters with the popular Lowcountry Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet.
Proud of its rich history, McClellanville created a museum chronicling the town's legacy from the early settlements of the Sewee Indians to the great Santee Delta plantations to the growth of the seafood industry. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, The Village Museum can be found at the end of Pinckney Street, the town's main thoroughfare.
But McClellanville offers more than just the charms of a small historic town. Located at the edge of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, it serves as the gateway to one of the prettiest and most pristine estuaries on the Atlantic Coast.
Surrounded by Francis Marion National Forest, the community also is close to miles of hiking, horseback riding and biking trails, creeks and rivers for fishing and kayaking, and a half-dozen campgrounds and recreation areas.
Here are five fun things to do on your visit to McClellanville: