Category Archives: Cemetery

Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

This small church, an Anglican chapel, is remote and the last standing piece of history in a town that hasn’t existed for several hundred years.

note; the chapel and cemetery are behind several brick walls as old as the chapel itself. Now it is monitored by CCTV, rimmed with barbed wire, all at the expense of the same family that helped build and maintain this for 300 years. The cemetery was again vandalized a day after these images were taken. One could point to the politics of our time, but this is an old very rural church. Nothing was gained by it, the few that visit here are photographers / historians. Troubling times.
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

In 1707 the town of Childsbury was organized here, the chapel and an Inn several years later. The Cooper River, which runs to Charleston, was the source of all transportation and this ‘T’ was as far as a small cargo boat could navigate.

The Rice Hope, Comingtee, Bonneau, and Strawberry Bluff plantations were the early settlers here. They were small at this time, not what the word plantation evokes.

Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

The town did not survive due to a ferry, at Bonneau plantation, that made it faster for commerce than the river boats.

Click any image below to view a monochrome series of photographs.

The chapel survived the Civil War. Towns and nearby plantations were burned as General Sherman moved the Union Army north towards Charleston.

Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

As the Union Army advanced Keating Ball of the Commingtee plantation removed all the French silver plates and chalices to a secret spot for safety. The silver was donated to the chapel by the Charleston Huguenot families from the towns French Quarter.

Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

The silver was saved from the invading army, but hidden in a very private location…that Keating Ball never could find again.

For years treasure hunters combed the old ruins in these woods, finally in 1947 a family that managed what was left of Commingtee pulled up a ‘bag’ from an old barn floor. The silver is now in the Charleston Museum, except on the rare occasion a service is held in the chapel.

Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725
Strawberry, Chapel Of Ease 1725

I was to have an opportunity to photograph inside the chapel, the Covid-19 virus lock down cancelled it. With luck it will be rescheduled some time.

I had planned to include work from the plantation mentioned here. This would have become much too large.

If you search on the tag ‘historical’ on this site multiple articles in this area will be offered.

Rain At Strawberry

While pulling together some of the history of this ‘chapel of ease’ I wanted to try a darker sepia developed image. It was raining with a little fog which pointed towards a different style of photograph.

Rain At Strawberry
Rain At Strawberry

A Chapel Of Ease was a rural Anglican chapel, not church. This allowed services, baptisms, and burying the dead in places too far from a parish church.

Several of the oldest and furthest southern plantations (1600’s) were along the Cooper River here.

Strawberry Chapel In The Rain

I don’t have a bucket list, but if I did it would include being inside Strawberry by myself. I really want to shoot here. Had a date too, the virus screwed that up.

Strawberry Chapel In The Rain
Strawberry Chapel In The Rain

I have published photographs before, and have some new ones to work on.

Before I publish anything I want to get the history here written down. This small ‘Chapel Of Ease’ has seen it all, and is still here.

Stones, Found On A Walk

Taken in the old Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.

Stones, Found On A Walk
Stones, Found On A Walk
Stones, Found On A Walk
Stones, Found On A Walk

It has occurred to me one of the most striking features here is the seemingly random layout of the roads and burial sites.

Stones, Found On A Walk
Stones, Found On A Walk

 

 

 

I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise

The Egret snapped out at the adult Great Blue Heron.

I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise
I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise

Both have chicks and tempers were frayed.

I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise
I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise

The Heron chicks (on the left side) continued fighting with each other, the adults just glaredĀ  for a while.

I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise
I Think The Kids Were Making Too Much Noise

 

Looking For The Baby Gators

This is the far corner of a large swamp pond. Each year home to several batches of baby Alligators.

They are small and at this age not the apex predator they may grow up to be.

Looking For The Baby Gators
Looking For The Baby Gators

Eventually a Great Blue will discover they are here. After that it’s a dangerous game. The Heron will hunt the babies, the mother Alligator will stalk the Heron.