Pon Pon means ‘a bend in the river’, a Yemassee Native American name for this area near the Edisto river.
In 1706 the Church of England authorized 10 parish, with small outlier Chapels Of Ease for distant plantations and the population. This is the remains of the Pon Pon (St. Bartholomew’s Parish) chapel. It has always been in the middle of nowhere.
The first chapel, and the settlements in the ACE Basin were burned during the 1715 Yamasee War.
Pon Pon Chapel is in Jacksonboro, South Carolina. It was located “on Parker’s Ferry Road, the busy stagecoach thoroughfare that connected Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.” Today, Parker’s Ferry Road is a dirt road along the south side of a power line right of way, and the ruins of the chapel can be found along this road east of Jacksonboro Road (State Road S-15-40). It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. (Wikipedia) Good luck finding it.
What is left now is even very different than my first visit just 6 years ago. In theory a renovation is in the future. Reality says we should photograph what is here, while it’s still here.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached in the wooden building twice on April 24, 1737. That chapel was been plundered and burned.
The cemetery here had been active until sometime in the 1930’s I believe. Most graves still visible here are from the mid 1800’s.
Hurricane Matthew did considerable damage on October 2017.
Note; These photographs were taken July 2022, I want to be sure the current date is included here since these images are also being published by SCPictureProject an ongoing collection of historical records to preserve the history of South Carolina’s historic, natural, and cultural landmarks before they are lost to time.
Soldiers Ground, on the front edge of Magnolia, was created because there was a pressing need for burial space. The cemetery was already here, however this land was still part of the Magnolia Umbra plantation.
While it was primarily for Confederate States military you will find Federal troops around, down the lane outside the CSA boundry is a commandant of West Point. A place of honor here was also set aside for a beloved ‘laundress’ with a southern brigade.
This is still private property, run by a preservation trust.
In Soldiers Ground
This is a very quiet and private place. The entire cemetery is large, but there are not many people around. Chances are the ones you do see have a camera.