With a population of ~500 residents, in McClellanville either you work for, or you are related to, a McClellan.
Meet Leland McClellan
Born and raised in McClellanville, Leland, a fellow Looper, was docked immediately behind Exhale. After he helped tie up the lines he offered to show us around his home town. The McClellan family roots date back to 1740, when Andrew McClellan, Leland’s great grandfather, ran a freight boat. On Leland’s maternal side, the Lofton family presence in South Carolina dates back to the early 1600s. A natural story teller, we knew we were in the company of a local legend. It was the most amazing small town experience ever.
St. James Santee Parish Church
Our tour guide said, “while it’s still daylight, do you want to see the Old Brick Church?” We ventured along the Old Georgetown Road, also known as the Kings Highway. Located in a remote portion of Francis Marion National Forest, we noticed there were no street lights, no electric or telephone poles, and no buildings as far as the eye could see. Traveling on a historic designated road, the carefully preserved “dirt” road was once used by George Washington.
Arriving at the old church, we knew we were getting special treatment when our host let us in the back door. We marveled at the historic structure, built in 1768. Established by the French Protestant Huguenots, all it’s original glory remained intact.
The well maintained docks at Jeremy Creek are owned by Leland Oil Company.
Shrimp Boats & Forrest Gump
When Hurricane Hugo hit McClellanville it devastated the shrimping fleet. A resourceful film crew later used the wreckage in the filming of Forrest Gump! Jeremy Creek is still home to an active shrimp boat operation.
Let’s just say this was possibly the most delicious soft-shelled crab dinner we have ever experienced. And yes, that’s a whole crab! Thanks, Leland, for taking us to a local treasure, the Bent Rod.
Exquisitely cared for, the beloved Tiki Queen was tied up behind us at the Leland Oil Co. dock. We look forward to connecting with fellow loopers, Leland and Karen McClellan, along the way.
Next Stop: Waccawache Marina, SC