~St. Peter's Episcopal Church - Port Royal, Virginia~
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the surrounding churchyard, which sits on the corner of Water and Market Streets, is the oldest congregation in the Town of Port Royal. In the cemetery are graves of some of Port Royal's leaders going back to the beginning of the town. In 1835, the land was bequeathed to the Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Port Royal, and shortly thereafter construction began.
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.”