We are shrimpers, oystermen, clammers, crabbers, and fishermen. Our home is historic McClellanville on Jeremy Creek. Many of us follow in our ancestor's footsteps and love what we do!
In 2020 we created the McClellanville Watermen's Association in partnership with The McClellanville Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving the Town's cultural and natural assets.
Help Us Preserve
The small commercial fishing village of McClellanville is inherently tied to its working waterfront. Many residents have spent much of their lives there, working on the water to make a living. This traditional occupation is a key asset of McClellanville and is significant to the town’s cultural heritage and, if preserved, would secure the industry in perpetuity. To learn more visit The McClellanville Community Foundation, our parent organization. www.MCVLfoundation.org
Meet the Watermen
McClellanville's Homeport Vessels
They're usually on the water...more photos of local captains coming!
McClellanville village began in the late 1860s when local plantation owners A.J. McClellan and R.T. Morrison sold lots in the vicinity of Jeremy Creek to planters of the Santee Delta, who sought relief from summer fevers. The first store opened soon after the Civil War, and the village became the social and economic center for a wide area that produced timber, rice, cotton, naval stores, and seafood. Incorporated in 1926, McClellanville became, and remains, best known for its shrimping fleet and seafood industries. Visit The Village Museum
Faces on the Waterfront
by George Motz / 2010
Collecting and roasting oysters is a specialty of the South and one of the best places to enjoy this Southern treat is the Lowcountry of South Carolina. In The Mud and the Blood, follow these local bivalves from the Bulls Bay marshland to a traditional Lowcountry oyster roast. Features oystermen Stephen White and Jeff Spahr, local historian Tim Penninger and oyster roast specialist Oliver Thames.
Produced and Directed by George Motz
MotzFilms 2010 - 12 mins
For the freshest seafood just off the boat, take a trip to McClellanville.
Buy direct from our locally owned seafood businesses or visit any of our award-winning restaurants.
The Consortium is a university-based program that supports the wise use and conservation of South Carolina’s coastal resources to create a sustainable economy and environment.
Working Waterfront Spotlight: McClellanville Since 2017, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium has collaborated with the Town of McClellanville, its citizens, industry partners, watermen, and local nonprofit organizations to develop and implement a comprehensive master management plan and viable business model to protect and sustain the cultural and economic values of the town’s working waterfronts. Read More