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Edgar Allan Poe / Sullivan's Island
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Contact Info
Address:
1921 I'On Avenue
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Phone: (843) 883-3914
Fax:  (843) 883-9548

Branch Manager:
Delores Schweitzer

Hours of operation: 
Monday and Friday:
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday and Saturday:
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday: 2 p.m.-8 p.m.



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Wi-Fi available?   Yes
Public Internet / MS Office workstations?   Yes
Color copying and printing?   Yes, $0.25 per page
Black & white copying and printing?   Yes, $0.10 per page
Public scanner? Yes
Fax machine? No
Public meeting rooms available? No
Public Notary? No
 
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Driving Directions/Map

From Downtown:
Take Calhoun St. to East Bay Street and turn left. Follow East Bay Street and exit to the right to get onto the Ravenel Bridge (Hwy. 17) towards Mt. Pleasant. From the Bridge, exit onto Coleman Blvd. Follow Coleman Blvd. and bear right onto Ben Sawyer Blvd. At the dead end, turn right and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at the Post Office Corner, then right at the end of the block. The Library will be one block on the left.

From West Ashley:
Take Hwy. 17N through downtown and over the Ravenel Bridge. From the Bridge, exit onto Coleman Blvd. Follow Coleman Blvd. and bear right onto Ben Sawyer Blvd. At the dead end, turn right and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at the Post Office Corner, then right at the end of the block. The Library will be one block on the left.

From Folly Beach and James Island:
Take Folly Road to the James Island Connector (Hwy. 30). Follow signs to Charleston. Exit to West Lockwood Drive. Turn right toward Hwy. 17 North and proceed to Mt. Pleasant over the Ravenel Bridge. From the Bridge, exit onto Coleman Blvd. Follow Coleman Blvd. and bear right onto Ben Sawyer Blvd. At the dead end, turn right and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at the Post Office Corner, then right at the end of the block. The Library will be one block on the left.

From the North area:
Take I-26 East to Charleston, then take Hwy. 17N to Mt. Pleasant over the Ravenel Bridge. From the Bridge, exit onto Coleman Blvd. Follow Coleman Blvd. and bear right onto Ben Sawyer Blvd. At the dead end, turn right and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at the Post Office Corner, then right at the end of the block. The Library will be one block on the left.

 

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History
Since March, 1977, the Sullivan's Island / Edgar Allan Poe Library has been uniquely housed in renovated Battery Gadsden, a former Spanish-American War four-gun battery. Previously, the library had been located in the Sullivan's Island Elementary School building and then in the Township Building. At the opening ceremonies on March 11, 1977, in the newly renovated quarters, County Council Chairman Lonnie Hamilton, III noted the unusual use of a former military facility by quoting from Isaiah 2:4, "They shall beat their swords into ploughshares."

The library is named for author Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed on Sullivan's Island as a private in the United States Army in 1827 and 1828, and who used the island setting as the background for his famous story, "The Gold Bug."

Battery Gadsden was named for Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden, Colonel, 1st South Carolina Regiment, and Brigadier General Continental Army, who died on August 28, 1805. The Battery was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in July, 1974.

Battery Gadsden was designed to mount four six-inch guns on pedestal mounts with fixed cartridges. Battery Gadsden was officially transferred to the Artillery on September 10, 1906. The four guns were removed for service in France in 1917, and the carriages were scrapped in 1920. The walls of the battery are two feet thick, a solid protection for the 15,000 books in the 2,000 sq. ft. library. The library circulated more than 47,000 items at the branch in FY2010.

 
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