The St. James Wambaw Church (often referred to as the 'Brick Church at Wambaw') was built in 1768 along the old King's Highway (Old Georgetown Road) off Highway 17 in Charleston County, and served the Parish of St. James Santee. However, after the Civil War - by 1877 - most of it's congregation (an estimated 13 families) had moved to the village of McClellanville, South Carolina.
Eventually, in 1890 - the St. James Santee Episcopal Chapel of Ease was built in McClellanville. Residents of the area donated the land and the funds required to build the Chapel - while others contributed architectural and carpentry skills. The Chapel was framed in longleaf pine and cypress - with black cypress shingles covering the roof and exterior walls. Services are now only held at the Wambaw Church on special ocassions - as of 1918, Easter Sunday services have been held annually at the Wambaw Church at 11 am followed by a picnic in the cemetery.
~Prince William Parish Church (Old Sheldon Church Ruins)~
Old Sheldon Church Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945
The Old Sheldon Church Ruins are the ruins of Prince William Parish Church - this greek revival-style church was built in the 1750's by William Bull (owner of the adjacent Newberry Plantation) and had a tumultuous history. It sits alongside old Sheldon Church Road - just two miles off Highway 17 (referred to as the Charleston Highway along this stretch) in Beaufort County, SC.
There are stories floating around about the ruins being haunted, as well as reasonable concerns about weddings damaging such a sacred place (yes, folks get married their all of the time - see page 15 of the The Parish Church of St. Helena's Wedding Booklet) - my suggestion is to go, walk softly, and think about 250 plus years of history. It's a beautiful place.
~Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, Colleton County, South Carolina~
I recently found myself in Colleton County, South Carolina on Highway 17 - near Jacksonboro, and remembered that I had always wanted to find the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease ("Pon Pon" was Indian phrase for "settlement"). The place always seemed so mysterious to me. I had been told it just a short detour off Highway 17, on Parkers Ferry Road - which was the original stagecoach road between Charleston and Savannah. Fortunately without too much trouble, I found it -and I'm glad I did.
"Established 1725 by Act of the General Assembly, Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was one of two serving St. Bartholomew's Parish after the Yemassee War in 1715 aborted plans for a parish church.
At time of construction, the chapel site, now isolated, was located on Parker's Ferry Road, the busy stage-coach thoroughfare which connected Charleston and Savannah. President George Washington traveled this round on his Southern tour in spring 1791.
In 1754, a brick chapel was erected to replace the earlier wooden structure. This brick chapel burned in 1801, and Pon Pon Chapel has subsequently been known as the 'Burnt Church'. Rebuilt between 1819 and 1822, the chapel was in use until 1832 when it was reduced to ruins either by disrepair or a second burning.
John Wesley preached two sermons at Pon Pon on April 24, 1737. Also of significance is the church burial ground. Here are the graves of two Congressmen, Aedanus Burke and O'Brien Smith, and numerous other local leaders."
1706 Parish Established
Rev. Nathaniel Osborn, Missionary of the S.P.G. arrived
1715 Parish devastated by Yemassee, Indians
1725 Act of General Assembly provided for a Chapel of Ease here to be used as a Parish Church until one should be built
1737 John Wesley Preached here April 24th
1753 Vestry ordered a brick building to replace wooden Chapel
Building was burnt between 1796 and 1806
Has since been known as “The Burnt Church.”
~entrance to the Antipedo Baptist Cemetery and Civil War Monument~
The Antipedo Baptist Cemetery is located at the intersection of Church Street (Highway 17) and Screven Street in Georgetown, South Carolina. A white-washed sheet metal Civil War Monument is the centerpiece of the cemetery - the monument was originally located on Broad Street, near Prince George Winyah Church (you can see the monument in it's original location here) but was later relocated to the cemetery. The Civil War Monument was The Confederate Monument was created to memorialize Company A of the 10th S.C. Volunteer Infantry Regiment. The cemetery is open to the public, and it's a nice stop if you're driving through Georgetown and want to get some air, stretch your legs a bit - and breath in a bit of history.
~Antipedo Baptist Church / Old Baptist Cemetery Historical Marker~
I spent an early morning in mid-August walking around downtown New Bern, North Carolina - a beautiful town dripping in history. One of the many beautiful churches in New Bern - the First Presbyterian Church - sits proudly along New Street, a church which served as a hospital during the Civil War, and whom's first leader, Rev. John Knox Witherspoon, was the grandson of John Witherspoon, the only
clergyman to have signed the
Declaration of Independence. During my next visit, I'd like to go inside this lovely church.
Sign outside the Church describing a bit of it's history:
"Formally organized on January 6, 1817 in the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Minor. First Presbyterian Church was formed under the leadership of the Rev. John Knox Witherspoon. Included among the charter members were the daughter and granddaughter of the Reb. Jonathan Edwards, D.D.
In 1819 lot number 309 on New Street was purchased. Construction of the sanctuary began June 9, 1819 with the laying of the corner-stone by Master Masons. Uriah Sandy was contractor, assisted by Martin Stevenson and John Dewey who were members of the church. The building was completed in late 1821 and dedicated on January 6, 1822. Numbered pews were offered for sale or rent with "visitor pews" provided on both sides of the pulpit.
To the right of the sactuary is the Session House, built in 1858 for the sum of $1500. During the Civil War the sanctuary was used as a hospital for sick and wounded Union soldiers with planks being placed over the pews for beds. Restoration work was required in 1866 and was marked by the installation of Victorian-style gaslights and stained woodwork. In 1936 the restoration and reinstallation of the original pulpit was completed.
In addition to its own growth and outreach, First Presbyterian Church aided in the establishment of Ebenezer Church in 1878 and following World War II in the establishment of Neuse Forest (1946) and West New Bern (1948) churches."
I've already mentioned the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in these pages - a church that can be found a short detour off Highway 17 in
Chowan County, North Carolina (you take the Virginia Road exit towards Edenton and North Broad Street - which takes you down a short,
lovely drive through Edenton where you'll find St. Paul's Episcopal Church at North Broad and West Church Streets.
I want to also show you images of the Churchyard that surrounds St. Paul's - it's quite beautiful. From the St. Paul's Episcopal Church website:
The churchyard dates from 1722, when Edenton became the capital of North
Carolina. Because of a lack of stone along the coast, tombstones were
rare and costly. Markers of brick or wood gradually weathered away.
The churchyard looks un-crowded to day because many of the 700 known
graves are not marked. The church yard was never used for Church
members only, but served the whole community. By 1850 the vestry was
begging the town to provide another cemetery. Best known are the group
of tombstones under the magnolias, called the Governors Graves (moved
here from family cemeteries on the banks of the Chowan River or the
Albemarle Sound), which include Henderson Walker, Thomas Pollock, and
Charles Eden for whom the town is named.