This Month's Can't Miss Event

All About Indigo: Dye Class and Screening of Presentation by Dr. Nic Butler
Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m.

Attend a hands-on class to learn the plant-to-pigment indigo dye process, including various cultivars, dye extraction, and methods to create and maintain an indigo vat. The history of indigo will be discussed briefly, and a more comprehensive account will be shared during a screening of Dr. Nic Butler’s lecture, “Indigo in the Fabric of Early South Carolina.”

Indigo plants, prized for the vibrant blue dye they yield, formed an important part of South Carolina’s agricultural economy during our colonial era. Many historians point to Eliza Lucas Pinckney as the figure most responsible for introducing indigo to the Lowcountry around 1740, but the efforts of her contemporaries and the broader economic context of her work have received far less attention in recent years. CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, provides an illustrated overview of the historical context of indigo’s rise and fall in early South Carolina.

See all of the events happening this month.

Driving Directions

From Downtown:
Take Hwy. 17 North to McClellanville. Turn right on Hwy. 45 (S. Pinckney St.). Make another right on Pinckney Street, then turn right again on Baker Street. The Library will be on the right.

From West Ashley:
Take Hwy. 17 North to McClellanville. Turn right on Hwy. 45 (S. Pinckney St.). Make another right on Pinckney Street, then turn right again on Baker Street. The Library will be on the right.

From Folly Beach and James Island:
Take Folly Road to Hwy. 17 and go North (towards downtown). Follow Hwy. 17 North to McClellanville. Turn right on Hwy. 45 (S. Pinckney St.). Make another right on Pinckney Street, then turn right again on Baker Street. The Library will be on the right.

From the North area:
Take I-26 East to the I-526 Exit towards Mt. Pleasant. From I-526, take the exit for Hwy. 17 North. Follow Hwy. 17 North to McClellanville. Turn right on Hwy. 45 (S. Pinckney St.). Make another right on Pinckney Street, then turn right again on Baker Street. The Library will be on the right.

From Mt. Pleasant:
Take Hwy. 17 North to McClellanville. Turn right on Hwy. 45 (S. Pinckney St.). Make another right on Pinckney Street, then turn right again on Baker Street. The Library will be on the right.

McClellanville Contact Info

Address:
222 Baker Street
McClellanville, SC 29458

Phone: 843-887-3699

Branch Manager:
Pat Gross

Hours of operation: 
Monday: 2 - 6 p.m. 
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., then 2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 2 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? Yes

Mobile Printing

Learn more about mobile printing and see instructional videos on how to use our mobile printing service.

History

The McClellanville Library is located in a village 50 miles north of Charleston. The McClellanville community had a library long before McClellanville became a village and long before the establishment of the Charleston County Public Library system.

The library began in 1886 when McClellanville was just a "summering place," and one of the summer visitors organized a library society with a group of women in the community. The library continued to operate until June 19, 1931 when it became part of the Charleston Free Library system (now the Charleston County Library system).

The library was housed in the school building for many years, and was later moved to the town building on Pinckney Street. The present building on Baker Street is 1,280 square feet.