St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC - Click To Enlarge

St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC

St. Philips Church was founded in 1681, around the same time as the Circular Congregational Church. Both are in the old city of Charleston South Carolina. Actually they share a back fence entrance.

The very small city cemetery is the resting place of an unusual number of US  historical figures. They include:

  • Charles Pinckney – signer of the US Constitution, a Senator, Congressman, Ambassador, and Governor.
  • Edward Rutledge – Signer Declaration Of Independence, member of the First and Second Continental Congress, a Congressman, and Senator.
  • John Calhoun – Vice President of US (twice), Congressman, Senator, Orator with Daniel Webster and Henry Clay.
St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC - Click To Enlarge
St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC – Click To Enlarge

The cemetery itself hardly covers a city block and has old buildings surrounding all sides.

St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC - Click To Enlarge
St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC – Click To Enlarge

While walking through I discovered many old stones laying against walls, buried with other headstones, and most unusual above ground burials (common in the southern US). A good example is the photograph below.

St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC - Click To Enlarge
St. Philips Church Graveyard Charleston SC – Click To Enlarge

What caught my eye was a carefully placed ‘bone’ on this marker. I checked… it was a  definitely a bone. I know placing rocks is common, a bone I don’t want to know. But yeah, I snapped this shot above real quick!

Note: I have tried to find any references to leaving a ‘bone’ (here it looked to be a shin / shank / cow) on a site. I could none, only info on stones. So, please it’s nothing evil, just ‘stuff you can’t make up’ again.

 

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