Tag Archives: Cemetery

Guard Of Angels

An earthen mausoleum, ancient names called them barrows or burial mounds. Though this is certainly more ornate. Built by an old Charleston family going back to the original settlers from Barbados.

Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels

I’ve always thought this spot was perfect to be photographed using the old sepia colors and look.

Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels
Guard Of Angels

Charleston, South Carolina.

Pon Pon Crumbles

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.

Pon Pon Crumbles
Pon Pon Crumbles

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.

Pon Pon Crumbles
Pon Pon Crumbles

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached in the wooden building twice on April 24, 1737. That chapel was been plundered and burned.

Pon Pon Crumbles
Pon Pon Crumbles

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.

Pon Pon Crumbles
Pon Pon Crumbles

Hurricane Matthew did considerable damage on October 2017.

Pon Pon Crumbles
Pon Pon Crumbles
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.

Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery

An old cemetery like this is a never ending source of interesting scenes to photograph.

There are multiple ways I shoot here. A plan around a central subject is fun, but does take work and planning. Another is random items that grab attention. That just about covers the whole place.

These are ‘almost’ random grave markers you can’t ignore.

Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery
Old Stones, Charleston Cemetery

Iron

Throughout the Lowcountry old wrought iron is found everywhere. From both a historical and artistic point of view it is one of the things Charleston is known for.

Charleston iron work (Philip Simmonds in particular)  is displayed in the US Smithsonian Institute as well as Paris, France.

The old cemeteries are filled with iron fences and monuments.

Iron
Iron
Iron
Iron

These photographs were taken in the old Magnolia Cemetery and Unitarian Church grave yard in the week or so.

Iron
Iron
Iron
Iron

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In Soldiers Ground

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.

In Soldiers Ground
In Soldiers Ground
In Soldiers Ground
In Soldiers Ground

This is still private property, run by a preservation trust.

In Soldiers Ground

In Soldiers Ground

In Soldiers Ground
In Soldiers Ground
In Soldiers Ground
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.