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“Foggy yet fresh air. Thermometer 79 but rose at noon to 90. Roda to ye Wocoma [Waccamaw] lake, 14 mile distance; ye road very wet by reason of abundance of heavy rain & much savana ground. Greate variety of lovely plants & flowers & in generaly ye finest lofty pines I ever saw…”
–John Bartram, 1765

Hours of Operation:
Wed, Thurs., Friday 10am-3pm, Sundays 3pm-5pm.

Take a trip back in time.
In the 1850’s, the railroad made its way into Lake Waccamaw, connecting the rural town with the outside world. The town was never the same again.

The railroad made way for industry and visitors to the beautiful waters of the lake. The Atlantic Coastline Railroad built the depot at Lake Waccamaw in 1904. It soon became the hub of activity. Visitors and residents of Lake Waccamaw enjoyed sun bathing at Weaver’s Pier, dancing at the pavilions, hunting in the swamps, and riding the steamboat.

Visit and explore the museum every chance you get.
The depot is once again the hub of activity, now serving as the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum. Begun in 1977, the museum houses exhibits that interpret area history. Explore the region’s social development through Indian artifacts including a 300-year-old canoe, personal articles of early European settlers, and present-day items from the Waccamaw Siouans. Imagine riding on a train through town as you step on the caboose…the highlight of the railroad exhibit. And view the marine fossils, all recovered from the lake bed, now on display in the natural history exhibit.

Journey to places near and far.
The museum offers a variety of programming, the majority of which are free of charge to the public. School groups are welcome. Field trips, fossil digs, historical lectures, literary topics, children’s programs, bridge, old movies, and outdoor trips keep things rolling along at the Depot Museum.

Join us. Something is always going on at the Depot.
The Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum is supported by memberships, gifts, and grants. Membership to the museum provides a calender of events, discounts on trips, and invitations to members only events.

Rube McCray Memorial Library

Come discover the wonderful facilities at the Rube McCray Memorial Library (RMML) at Lake Waccamaw. Built in 1992, the library houses over 5000 books and periodicals and serves approximately 7500 patrons each year.

The library is part of the Columbus County library system and provides coverage for residents at or near the lake, including the towns of Lake Waccamaw and Bolton, as well as the communities of Buckhead, St. James, Hallsboro, Old Dock, Crusoe Island, Union Church, Nakina and Honey Hill.

RMML is located at 301 Flemming Drive in Lake Waccamaw, next door to the town offices and across the street from the Boys and Girls Home.

The staff consists of:
Kim Jenerette – Branch Librarian
Sinda Arruda – Assistant Branch Librarian

To obtain a library card, you need to show that you are a resident of Columbus County, so bring in an ID showing your address and your card can be issued.

The Rube McCray Memorial Library has over 2500 square feet of space. In addition to the large selection of books on site, the library has access to the main library and can obtain most additional books from that facility for you. The library has, on site, all the local newspapers and most of the popular magazines. There are numerous videos and books on tape that are also available.

Every Thursday afternoon, there is children’s story hour for ages 3 to 10. In addition the Waccamaw Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:00 AM in the meeting room at the library. Come join us and share your interests. There are numerous other special programs including book reviews, book signings by authors and basic computer classes as part of Southeastern Community College. Please call the library for details.

Keep up with the latest happenings at the library by reading the newly published Between The Bookends Newsletter.

Many of the programs at the Rube McCray Memorial Library (RMML), are sponsored by the Friends of RMML, a charitable support group for the Lake Waccamaw library area. If you are interested in helping support the library activities either as a volunteer or as a contributing member of the Friends of RMML, please contact the library or the group’s membership chairman.
Kim Jenerette – 910-646-4616 – RMML Librarian
Bob Aldrich – 910-646-4998 – Friends of RMML Membership Chairman

The library hours are:
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday
The library is closed on Saturday & Sunday

The phone number is 910-646-4616.

When you need a book to read or want to enjoy a magazine, newspaper or video, please visit the wonderful library at Lake Waccamaw.