McClellanville in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Archibald Rutledge Birthplace
Archibald Hamilton Rutledge (1883-1973), educator, man of letters, and the first poet laureate of S.C., was born at this site, in a house known to the Rutledge family as "Summer Place." Rutledge, who grew up here and at Hampton Plantation, taught English for 33 years at Mercersburg Academy, in Mercersburg, Pa. By the 1920s he was well known for his poems, nature articles, hunting tales, essays, and other writings.
Appointed poet laureate in 1934, Rutledge retired in 1937 to the family home at Hampton Plantation, where he graciously received many visitors (Hampton, 7 mi. N, is now a state historic site). He is perhaps best known for Home by the River (1941), his affectionate memoir of Hampton and the people, wildlife, and landscape of the Santee Delta. Rutledge died here in 1973 and was inducted into the S.C. Hall of Fame in 1984.
Erected 2000 by the St. James-Santee Parish Historical Society. (Marker Number 10-35.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. South Carolina, Charleston County, St. James- Santee Parish Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 33° 4.959′ N, 79° 27.553′ W. Marker is in McClellanville, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Pinckney Street and Rutledge Court on Pinckney Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mc Clellanville SC 29458, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Point Plantation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lucas’ 1792 Wind Powered Sawmill (about 600 feet away); The Lowcountry Seaman’s Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); McClellanville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deerhead Oak (approx. ¼ mile away); Richard Tillia Morrison (approx. ¼ mile away); St. James Santee Parish Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); St. James Santee Parish Church (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McClellanville.
Also see . . . Archibald Hamilton Rutledge 1883-1973, First Poet Laurate of South Carolina. (Submitted on December 17, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,093 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.