Road Trip

Last week, we went on a road trip with NH friends who have been wintering in SC for over ten years. Let me tell you – they know all the good spots. 🙂

CameliaSo, off we went  to McClellanville, SC, about 43 miles south from Murrells Inlet and 39 miles north of Charleston.

It is a small fishing village with a population around 500, and the Camelias were in bloom everywhere we looked.


After walking the Santee Coastal Reserve, we worked up an appetite and found their local restaurant, T. W. Graham & Company Seafood, sitting under a big old Oak tree. Think charm, music, and home-made pecan pie.


Have you ever eaten fried crayfish? Me neither, but my friend said they were delicious. 🙂 Iced tea is the beverage of choice down here, and sweet or unsweetened is the question with every meal.

After a nice lunch, we decided to check out the local church, historic cemetery, and Deerhead Oak, the oldest tree I’ve ever seen. Just think about it – over 1,000 years old.


If you are in the area, it’s a great road trip to get a feel for historic SC. 🙂

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“The village of McClellanville was established in the 1860s when A.J. McClellan and R.T. Morrison, local plantation owners, made land available for development. The region that surrounds this sleepy nautical community was originally incorporated in 1706 as part of the St. James-Santee Parish. It was a coastal retreat from the heat for the rice and indigo planters and home to a vibrant fishing, oystering, crabbing and shrimping way of life. It survived the devastating effects of a Category Four storm in Hurricane Hugo in 1989. And for this village, the storm was a game changer.

But with the incredible resolve of this tight-knit community, McClellanville is now host to the Lowcountry’s annual Shrimp Festival and Blessing of the Fleet in May, a growing clamming operation, a remarkable “soft-crab nursery” at Livingston’s Seafood and a popular seafood restaurant called T.W. Graham & Co.”

,,,,,,Written by D. Schipani and taken from a 2013 Charleston Scene article

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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47 Responses to Road Trip

  1. I never get tired of seeing the old oak trees. It looks like you had a fun road trip.

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  2. joyroses13 says:

    I can see that you are having a wonderful time! Love the Oak tree!!

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    • joyroses13 says:

      I see you “liked” my “Your Turn” post, 🙂 so if you want, while you are relaxing, you could think of an adventure that you would like to see them go on. 🙂 Anxious to read it!

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  3. Murphy's Law says:

    Sounds like a lot of history packed into that area. Can’t beat those majestic old oaks. Hard to wrap my head around “1,000 years old”! And yet whatever was planted in flower pot by door couldn’t survive! 😜

    Great road trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. anglogermantranslations says:

    NH? SC? South Carolina maybe? Abbreviations that refer to places in other continents might prove difficult. I often get taken in when I read placenames that I remember well from the British Isles. Just as well “New England” is part of your blogname. Yes, I know I can search the Internet for non-European abbreviations, but I have to do so much research for my work. Would it be too much of a bother to spell them out? For a long time I thought a blogger was based in Israel, but she was in IL = Illinois after all. I hope you don’t take it amiss. Judy. 🙂

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  5. Brenda says:

    Ha. They only ask “sweetened or unsweetened?” if they think they are a Yankee. A southerner would sooner drink sinkwater than unsweetened.

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    I’m always awestruck by old, venerable trees. I can’t imagine – a 1,000 years!

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  7. It’s fun to explore and find new places, but it’s a joy to go with people who’ve already discovered lots of “good places.” I’m glad you had that experience as well and I know you’re having a blast. I’m enjoying sharing the trip.


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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    That is some tree! The food sounds great.

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  9. Joyce says:

    What a wonderful adventure you are having! Just saw on the news last night that you “could have been” enjoying a huge dump of blizzard back home! (in NH if I dare! :))
    So much to see there – besides the beach and vista of water beyond, these quaint towns and their delicious lunch menus await your arrival! To think that majestic tree just blinked at Hugo in 1989 and said “don’t bother me until you’ve really got something for me to shake my branches at!”

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  10. Denzil says:

    I’ve eaten crayfish, but not fried. I was in Sweden in August where a Crayfish Party is the done thing. So I eat an awful lot of them!

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  11. Annie says:

    Did you taste the crayfish? Folks eat them in Virginia but just the thought scares me. Now fried oysters is another matter. Looks like a peaceful coastal time where life moves a little slower… a very good thing.

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    • I did not try them. I eat clam strips, but that’s about it for the small stuff. 🙂 It is a beautiful little town, and the word, community, came to mind as we drove around because everyone kept waving at us. We stopped the car to try and determine where the cemetery was, and a man got out of his truck, came over and asked if we needed directions. We told him where we wanted to go, he laughed a good one, and said ‘you’re on the wrong side of the creek.’ Then he got in his truck and has us follow him to where we should have turned off, then he pointed at the road, waved, and we were off in the right direction. 🙂

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  12. Looks lovely. Tried crayfish in New Orleans and we liked it. I think we’ve liked pretty much every kind of shellfish … though I guess lobster and crayfish aren’t technically “fish.”

    We aren’t going anywhere, not even the grocery until the plow digs us out. The sun is back, but the wind is blowing a serious gale!

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    Sounds like a wonderful road trip, Judy. I love the bacon sign 🙂 – That tree has seen a lot. At least it was spared being somebody’s heat source. My “road trip” today was to work, in time for a 2-hour delayed opening. Just in case you needed additional support for your idea to go south for a while 🙂

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  14. There’s nothing like touring an area with people who know all the best places. What a fun day. I’d like to try a plate full of fried crayfish!

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  15. joey says:

    I hate how hard it is to get proper sweet tea in the north. I like my crayfish in a lo country boil, but they’re okay fried, too.
    I hadn’t realized you were staying so long! What a nice, long vacation! 🙂

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  16. given the weather up north this clearly has to beat shoveling snow back home 🙂

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  17. germac4 says:

    ”charm, music and home-made pecan pie”…. Sounds wonderful! I am amazed at a 1000 year old tree….that puts everything into perspective.

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  18. Oddment says:

    I have now recovered from your remark that you were taking a cup of coffee out in the sun to “work out your feelings.” LOL at that one. Again I thank you for taking us along with you on this vacation; I loved visiting this place!

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  19. KerryCan says:

    I don’t know . . . I think you should be home in New England, shoveling snow like the rest of us . . . 😉

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  20. Nadezda says:

    You spend a wonderful time on your road trip, Judy. I’m glad you have friends there and good company in trips. Love seeing old oaks, they remind that time is running fast.

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  21. So sorry you are missing out on all the snow!! But I loved this post nevertheless and felt like going on a little field trip!! cheers and xo Johanna

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  22. Those trees look wonderful; so big, and strong!

    Thanks for sharing this location. It looks great, and the food looks and sounds delicious!

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  23. Grandma Kc says:

    What am amazing tree. An amazing place, too but that tree… so glad you travel!

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  24. So beautiful!
    Yes. The owner of all the bacon would rule the world!

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  25. Karen says:

    Our area here in Vero Beach has some beautiful old oaks but I doubt any are as old as the one you saw. Did you try and what did you think of the catfish? I had some fried last night at a BBQ.

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  26. That tree, just spectacular. I don’t eat pork, but can certainly appreciate that sign! 😀

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  27. agnesstramp says:

    This place looks such worth a visit! The photos look gorgeous, seems like a great journey, Judy!

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  28. reocochran says:

    I featured a local diner this week and loved your bacon sign, plus referring to crayfish. 🙂

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