Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Old Sheldon Church Remains in South Carolina

This is a follow-up on yesterday's post.

From Wikipedia.

The ruins of the church are located in northern Beaufort County, S.C., about 17 miles north of Beaufort.

It is known as the Sheldon Church or Old Sheldon Church.

The first church at the site was known as Prince William's Parish Church and was built in the Greek Revival style between 1745-1753.  It was burned by the British in 1779 and rebuilt in 1826.

Then, it was burned by Sherman's men in 1865, but was it.  There is another source that says it was not burnt, but torn up inside by blacks and whites searching for building materials whose homes had been burned by Sherman.  Though gutted, reportedly, it could have been rebuilt.

The ruins are picturesque, set among huge oak trees and graves.  Inside is the grave of Col. William Bull, who assisted James Oglethorpe in laying out Savannah.

The site is popular for photographs and used for weddings.  An annual service is held there the second Sunday after Easter.

--Old Secesh

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