Tag Archives: Cemetery

Santa Elena – St. Helena

St. Helena Chapel Of Ease on St. Helena island.

Santa Elena - St. Helena
Santa Elena – St. Helena

Built around 1740 of tabby construction this is one of the few Chapels of Ease the public still has access too. By some miracle there has been no theft or vandalism. A sad but true fact is all the other ruins of chapels are now behind fences.

Members of the Bull family, from Bull plantation, are buried in the nearby graveyard. The church and plantations were abandoned when news came of the invasion of Beaufort and Port Royal by Union troops during the Civil War.

Santa Elena - St. Helena
Santa Elena – St. Helena

During and immediately after the war the chapel was used to support the freemen (enslaved people suddenly free with no support).

A large forest fire on the island burned the structures and repairs were never done. Until the 1940’s when a bridge was built there was no access to this island other than small boats.

St. Philip’s , Charleston SC

In a town filled with beautiful and famous old churches St. Philips has become the symbol of Charleston.

note; click here to view the interior of this church.

St. Philip's , Charleston SC
St. Philip’s , Charleston SC

When in town we cannot help but walk by it, or even cut through the cemetery going about our business.

St. Philip's , Charleston SC
St. Philip’s , Charleston SC

The first church building was completed in 1681. Of course hurricanes, fire, war, and earthquakes made repairs and changes necessary.

The tall steeple (tallest structure in Charleston) served as a light for sailors entering the harbor. It was also used as a target by Union gunners during the Civil War, and a lookout by Confederate gunners at the same time.

St. Philip's , Charleston SC
St. Philip’s , Charleston SC

The church is the burial place for many US historical figures. Signers of the Constitution, Declaration Of Independence, and members of the original Continental Congress are buried here.

St. Philip's , Charleston SC
St. Philip’s , Charleston SC

Above the tomb of John C Calhoun sits in the church yard. He was the Vice President of the US, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, just about everything except president… not that he didn’t try.

For many reasons he is among the most infamous politicians in the history of the US.

St. Philip's , Charleston SC

St. Philip’s , Charleston SCSt. Philip’s, Church Street, Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

Old Church Yard

Taking a short cut through an old cemetery in Charleston.

This graveyard is part of St. Philip’s church one of the oldest and perhaps most iconic.

Best viewed large.

Old Church Yard
Old Church Yard

Walking through and reading the familiar names is like a lesson in US history.

This is in the center of town and a nice example of Charleston. Old buildings, churches, and cemeteries right in city center. Not just this spot, most of the town is like this.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

Taken in the ruins of an old chapel and graveyard.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

The Cumean Sibyl was the priestess presiding over the Apollonian oracle at Cumae, a Greek colony located near Naples, Italy. She was considered the most important prophetess of all the ancient sibyl.

Her likeness is painted on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo, and Raphael at Santa Maria della Pace, also by Andrea del Castagno.

I can’t speculate why the old Greek story, tarot card, or offering was at the ruins near an old headstone.

Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess - Found On A Walk
Cumean Sibyl, Prophetess – Found On A Walk

Found on a walk.

 

Mary Bull, 1771

The grave of Mary Bull, died in 1771, and one of the founding families of South Carolina.

The grave site is on St. Helena Island, one of the sea islands on the South Carolina coast. This was once part of the Bull plantation named Sheldon Plantation  (after the English town of their family).

Mary Bull, 1771
Mary Bull, 1771

Bull family grave sites are located in the old church yard ruins of St. Andrews Parish. Also known as the old Sheldon Church.

The graves and ruins are on the USA National Historic Registry as they are tied to many of the important founders of the US as well as historical sites throughout the region.

Angels

Found on a walk through an old cemetery.

Angels
Angels
Angels
Angels

It’s fitting these carved Italian statues are part of the Gibbes family mausoleum. One of the most important art museums in the US (Gibbes) was created and funded by the family as Charleston was being rebuilt after the Civil War.

Click to view the Gibbes on this site.

Angels
Angels

 

1816 – 1884

A little weather worn, actually a lot.

1816 - 1884
1816 – 1884

This person lived in a most interesting time in history.

When born Charleston was the wealthiest city in the new US. However, they also witnessed the civil war which ravaged Charleston, also a large fire which burned the town. Somewhere in there was a yellow fever outbreak.

Maybe 2020 wasn’t so bad after all.