Tag Archives: Church

Anglican Chapel, Black And White

Any time we pass an old Chapel of Ease we stop and take a few shots. I try to finish the photographs a little different. I even succeed once in a while.

Build in 1740, tabby construction, by local planters.

Anglican Chapel, Black And White
Anglican Chapel, Black And White
Anglican Chapel, Black And White
Anglican Chapel, Black And White
Anglican Chapel, Black And White
Anglican Chapel, Black And White

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

The ruins of the Anglican Prince Williams Parish, 1757

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

In 1779 the church was burned by the English army during the US Revolutionary War. It was rebuilt only to be damaged in 1866 during the Civil War. Traditional history has another fire. However a letter dated 1866 has the damaged church ‘torn apart’ and used to repair homes burned by the Federal Army. Whatever happened… as usual fire was involved.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

Plantation owners, notably the Bull family of nearby Sheldon Plantation, provided funds to support the parish. The Bull family members are buried (above) in the old church yard.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

The area is called the Sheldon Ruins based on the nearby plantation.

Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia
Prince Williams Parish 1757 (Sheldon) In Sepia

Yamasee, South Carolina.

Chapel Of Ease

There are still the remains of several ‘chapels of ease’ around rural South Carolina. Some are almost gone, this one is in better shape.

Chapel Of Ease
Chapel Of Ease

The Anglican chapel was constructed in 1740 by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty traveling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. 

 

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.

Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)

These photographs give a different perspective than the usual church architecture images.

Where the standard composition is l based on gazing forward, towards the alter, these are looking back out to the rear and sides of the church. This set was provided first to a Charleston historical group and several comments made a point of noticing the difference.

Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)

After the comments I reviewed articles on several other historical churches here and found the best photographic series made a point of displaying several different point of views.

Again, it’s most common to work forward only, yet so much is then missed these older buildings. This is something I need to remember when shooting the next series.  The time available with an empty historical church is very limited. So … this is a note to self ‘shoot the other direction’.

Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)

All the historical churches have tall vaulted ceilings. Some are more ornate than others but the design is consistent.

Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)
Inside The Huguenot Church, Charleston (2)

The family wooden pews are also in most. This has helped keep great historical records on individual members and visitors. In one church the exact seat used by George Washington was easily identified, another was the Marquis de Lafayette.

Now that the pandemic lockdown has ended I think it’s time to visit a few more of the local manor houses also.

Photographed June 2, 2021, Huguenot Church, Charleston, South Carolina.

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.