Once Upon a Time, in the town of McClellanville, there stood a church.
Not just any church, but St. James-Santee Episcopal Chapel. Built in 1890, it served as the primary church after the Civil War. Rice plantations along the Santee were abandoned, causing planters to move to more central locations such as McClellanville.
The outside of the chapel is covered in black cypress shingles, individually shaped with a handsaw.
This storybook town holds more than one southern secret. To get to the chapel, we drove by a small (hole in the wall) restaurant Southern Living Magazine named one of South Carolina’s 10 Best Seafood Spots . (Hello, T W Graham & Co.)
If Hansel and Gretel had a church, I imagine it would look something like this.
McClellanville is a must-see spot on the South Carolina map (and a mere fifty four minutes from Charleston). The historic town exudes tranquility and sends visitors on their way, Happily Ever After.