Item description for Home In The Village: McClellanville in Old St. James Santee Parish by Walter Bonner...
Welcome to McClellanville, a tiny coastal fishing village nestled in the heart South Carolina's Lowcountry. Known to locals simply as "The Village," McClellanville is the epitome of southern charm. Refreshingly simple and unspoiled, The Village has managed to remain an intimate community and to preserve its traditional way of life for more than 150 years.
By delicately weaving candid reminiscences and humorous anecdotes into a descriptive history of McClellanville, South Carolina, Dr. Walter Bonner provides an intimate, firsthand account of life in a unique, small town. With a well-crafted blend of history and nostalgia, Dr. Bonner creates a warm and loving memoir of The Village he loves, while capturing the essence of a highly endangered species in the United States -- the rural coastal fishing village.
Home in the Village follows several of McClellanville's first families, especially the Loftons, throughout their existence in the community and in the surrounding areas comprising old St. James Santee Parish. These early settlers were influenced by the mystique of their predecessors in the parish: the Huguenot settlers and the Anglican rice planters. Small, isolated, and poor, but rich in natural beauty, "The Village" was much loved by its residents. When cotton failed in the 1920s and the Great Depression followed, the town was essentially frozen in time and preserved as a unique and special place. Only in the 1980s, especially after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, did the town begin to wake up and grow, and see its individuality threatened.
Home in the Village describes the economic, political, religious, and social forces that the residents contended with and believed in as they built their community and shows how these resilient people were influenced by the qualities -- the elemental spirits -- of the place in which they lived.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.08" Weight: 1.28 lbs.
Binding Library Binding
Release Date Apr 15, 2002
Publisher Corinthian Books
ISBN 1929175280 ISBN13 9781929175284
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More About Walter Bonner
Walter Bonner currently resides in McClellanville. Walter Bonner was born in 1931.
Reviews - What do customers think about Home In The Village: McClellanville in Old St. James Santee Parish?
A Step Back in Time Nov 19, 2002
To read Home in the Village is to be transported to a slower, simpler way of life seldom found anymore. The people of McClellanville are basically good, solid, hard working, God fearing, salt of the earth folks, who struggle through hard times, supporting and accepting each other as best they can. Dr. Bonner has effectively taken us into homes where everyone is considered family, either by blood or long term proximity and has given us a close look at what community really means.
Local author writes about his home village Nov 15, 2002
author of George A. Trenholm, Financial Genius of the Confederacy
Dr. Bonner has described the people of McClellanville, a fishing village on the coast of South Carolina. His story goes back to the early history of many of the groups of people including the native inhabitants and the first European settlers including Huguenots and Anglicans. The book describes the participation of the residents in wars and shows the way that economic factors affected the lives of the people and influenced where they made their homes. Young people often moved to other areas for financial survival after the Civil War and the great Depression in the 1920's. Both hit McClellanville hard. Churches and education played a large part in the history of "The Village". Educated women worked at teaching jobs and in local businesses to help support their families. The seventy pictures in the book bring the village people to life. They help the reader to understand why young people in the families have continued to return "home" to visit, raise their children, and often to retire after having careers elsewhere. Dr. Bonner has written a readable, practical account of one family that is related to most of the McClellanville people, past and present.
Great southern history Jun 19, 2002
I passed by McClellanville every day on the way to Georgetown, SC on business and always admired the natural, untouched beauty of this community and the tenacity of the residents in this tiny southern town to keep the gentile, uncomplicated lifestyle that made the South THE place to live. This book is a well written, accurate and touching compilation of the history of this remarkable village and its people. Definitely a great read.
Better even than shrimp and grits! Apr 26, 2002
I fell in love with McClellanville twenty years ago when I was first exploring the coast of my adopted home of South Carolina. I ate my first grits in the home of a McClellanville resident who invited me to have supper with his family after having met me on the shrimp docks only a half-hour before. That's the way McClellanville folk are. "Southern hospitality" may not have been invented in McClellanville, but it certainly thrives there to this day. Dr. Bonner's easy, natural writing style is totally captivating. By the time you get ten pages into the book you forget that the outside world exists, and you're deep in the heart of The Village and the warm, quirky people that have made the place tick for the last 150 years. The 70 photographs of the people and places are fascinating, and the five maps, extensive bibliography, and complete index make the book very easy to use by scholars and family researchers. And when you visit The Village - it's on U.S. Highway 17, about an hour north of Charleston and the same distance south of Georgetown - don't forget to stop at The Crab Pot restaurant and enjoy some great McClellanville shrimp and grits!