This Month's Can't Miss Event

Tea Light Holiday Ornaments

Tea Light Holiday Ornaments (children)
Saturday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Make an ornament to brighten the holiday season!

See all of the events happening this month.

Driving Directions

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 Boulevard. At the stop sign, turn right on Middle Street and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at Station 20 1/2, then right onto I'on Avenue 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 Boulevard. At the stop sign, turn right on Middle Street and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at Station 20 1/2, then right onto I'on Avenue 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 Boulevard. At the stop sign, turn right on Middle Street and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at Station 20 1/2, then right onto I'on Avenue 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 Boulevard. At the stop sign, turn right on Middle Street and proceed until you reach the Post Office on the left. Turn left at Station 20 1/2, then right onto I'on Avenue at the end of the block. The Library will be one block on the left.

Poe/Sullivan's Island Contact Info

Address:
PO Box 798 
1921 I'On Avenue
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Phone: 843-883-3914

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.

Services

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

History

Since March 1977, the Edgar Allan Poe/Sullivan's Island 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 in the newly renovated quarters on March 11, 1977, 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 Colonel James Gadsden (1788-1858) of South Carolina, who had served as an engineer officer during the War of 1812 and later as inspector general. During the Seminole Wars, Gadsden served as quartermaster general of the Florida Volunteers. 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 Sept. 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.