Tag Archives: Historical

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

This chapel of ease, on Strawberry Bluff, was built in 1725. The parish church, Biggins, was too far for the planters to attend services. Only a single church was allowed in the Anglican parish, however they could allow a chapel with limited functions such as baptisms and marriages.

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry
Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

At various times Strawberry was both a chapel and church. The parish church Biggins burned in a forest fire, was rebuilt and burned again by the British troops during the revolution, finally ruined during the Civil War.

Each time Biggins was damaged Strawberry became the temporary parish church.

Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry
Chapel Of Ease, Strawberry

Four communion services are held annually which visitors may attend. Strawberry Chapel and its burial grounds are on private property and not open to the public.

Inside Strawberry Chapel

I still find it astounding this small Anglican Chapel has survived intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, huge hurricanes, and even large earthquakes. Even the small merchant town here disappeared in the 1750’s.

Inside Strawberry Chapel
Inside Strawberry Chapel

Below looking out chapel doors gives an idea of how small the building is. In the 1850’s a balcony was built over the door. It had to have been just big enough to crawl in. The front wall was damaged during a hurricane and the balcony was removed during repairs.

Inside Strawberry Chapel
Inside Strawberry Chapel

 

Entering Strawberry Chapel

By today’s standards the chapel is small. This photograph was taken looking in through the single front door. Most everything in this image is original to the chapel.

Behind the altar is a welcome sign and a small bough. Created with petals from pine cones I believe these were added in the 1850’s.

Entering Strawberry Chapel
Entering Strawberry Chapel

Even now this is in a rural spot on a dead end road, the only building remaining of Childsbury Town 1707.

Main Street, USA

There is no shortage of scenes for me to photograph for this series.

Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA

Even in towns where the town center stores look to be doing well a walk down side streets is usually like this.

Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA
Main Street, USA

All these photographs taken with my walk around lens, Tamron 18-400mm. While I continue to carry a few primes, the versatility can’t be beat.

 

Some Main Street (USA)

A new town here, in a new part of my adopted state South Carolina. There’s a Main Street long past it’s prime here too.

Some Main Street
Some Main Street
Some Main Street
Some Main Street
Some Main Street
Some Main Street

When I started this project in 2016 I lived in one of the wealthiest northern states.  There were plenty of subjects there too. The decline of Main Street USA doesn’t play favorites.

Some Main Street
Some Main Street

Found While Exploring South Carolina (Found On A Walk)

We recently spent a few days exploring out in the western side of South Carolina. We stayed in a cabin near the Georgia border, along the Savannah River. This was an area we had never traveled, unfortunately we had some wet weather.

While we were in a car most times I’ll still lump this into my ‘Found On A Walk’ theme. We do get out and walk about after we find interesting spots. 😊

Found Out Exploring South Carolina
Found Out Exploring South Carolina

As with many towns lots of places have come and gone. The E. C. Rice ghost sign does live on.

Found Out Exploring South Carolina
Found Out Exploring South Carolina

The porch above contains a real treasure. Left side has an old washing machine with a hand wringer.

Found Out Exploring South Carolina
Found Out Exploring South Carolina

At some time several types of business were on this cross road. A fast but interesting stop.

Near Long Cane (Troy) , South Carolina.

There’s Always A Train Track Through Town

Follow the tracks and you will find a Main Street. North or south, it doesn’t matter.

There's Always A Train Track Through Town
There’s Always A Train Track Through Town
There's Always A Train Track Through Town
There’s Always A Train Track Through Town

There was a time the railroad was the reason the town existed. Now most of the ones I know just hold up traffic as they pass through.

There's Always A Train Track Through Town
There’s Always A Train Track Through Town

McCormick, South Carolina.