McClellanville is a small picturesque village, established in the mid -1800's on Jeremy Creek. It is situated on the Atlantic coast surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest among the tall pines, palmettos, and live oaks that line this tidal creek which opens onto a great sweep of salt marsh and flows into the intracostal waterway. McClellanville has traditionally derived its livelihood from the Atlantic Ocean and coastal marshes by fishing, shrimping and oystering.
The land on which the village was built was formerly two tracts, that of A.J. McClellan and Mr. Matthews. The Matthews tract was bought by R. T. Morrison, whose main residence was Laurel Hill plantation, four miles to the south. Both men soon sold lots on the creek to planters of the South Santee region and the village soon emerged.
McClellanville today is a self-sufficient community of schools, homes, churches, shops, and docking facilities with an economy largely dependant upon the sea. It has undergone a massive renovation since Hurricane Hugo struck in 1989.
Points of interest include the Francis Marion National Forest, Hampton Plantation State Historic site, and the annual Lowcounrty Shrimp Festival held in May.
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