Category Archives: Cemetery

Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins

This may be one of the most photographed places in the Lowcountry. While people associate the church and graveyard with Charleston is actually closer to Beaufort, South Carolina.

Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins

The traditional understanding is that Prince William’s was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt in 1826, and then burned again in 1865 during the Civil War by the Federal Army under General William T Sherman’s orders.

Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins

The church was built as a ‘chapel of ease’ in the English Georgian style, using the Roman Tuscan or Doric order, between 1745 and 1753. Chapel of Ease being a church building to provide members with a place of worship in rural areas where the main church is too far.

Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins

Inside the ruins of the church lie the remains of Colonel William Bull, who “greatly assisted General Oglethorpe in establishing the physical layout of Savannah, Georgia. Bull surveyed the land in 1733 to form the basic grid pattern of the streets and squares.” The ruins may be the halfway mark between Charleston and Savannah.

Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William's Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins
Prince William’s Parish Church, Sheldon Ruins

Time Is Slowly Catching Up

Magnolia is old, big, and on the edge of a marsh, time is taking it’s toll.

Time Is Slowly Catching Up
Time Is Slowly Catching Up

Lately I’ve seen some repairs, but the last hurricane was a direct hit here.

Time Is Slowly Catching Up
Time Is Slowly Catching Up
Time Is Slowly Catching Up
Time Is Slowly Catching Up

Even small stream beds look to have arrived now.

Old Magnolia is not going anywhere for a long time. Still, it’s a struggle.

Time Is Slowly Catching Up
Time Is Slowly Catching Up

Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina

The town no longer exists, but an old church and cemetery remain.

Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina
Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina

Veterans from the US Civil War have the traditional metal military marker.

Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina
Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina

A small historical sign on a side road pointed us here. Like many southern towns it was named, and built, around the local court house. Appomattox Court House, location of the end of the US Civil War is another example.

Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina
Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina
Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina
Cemetery At Pickens Court House, South Carolina

There are newer headstones and CSA markers here since many grave sites were moved here when the area was flooded to create a hydroelectric plant.