Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina - click to enlarge

Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina

Located on Church Street, Charleston, The congregation it serves traces its start to the 1680s. The church’s services still follow 18th century French liturgy, but are now conducted in English.

Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina - click to enlarge
Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina – click to enlarge

Like all of Charleston;  this church was damaged in several fires, blown up once to stop a fire from spreading, the earth quake of 1886 didn’t help any, and of course there was a civil war in between all of this.

Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina - click to enlarge
Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina – click to enlarge

At one point there were no regular services, only special church events were held here. Finally the Huguenot congregation, as well as descendants of George and Martha Washington, Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox), and other historical figures helped support the church for repairs and begin regular services.

Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina - click to enlarge
Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina – click to enlarge

The organ, purchased in 1845, is a unique design with the tone similar to organs used during the Baroque period.

Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina - click to enlarge
Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina – click to enlarge

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2 thoughts on “Huguenot Church, Founded 1687, Charleston, South Carolina”

    1. Charleston is called ‘The Holy City’ because of the large number of churches. As a port city every religion flowed here. At some point most are open to visitors.

      Ellen and I have photographed old churches and cathedrals for awhile so I’m finally getting the light right. I keep a small 24mm prime in my bag, which I pulled out for these.

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