Behind the main house at Middleton Plantation a small brick chapel sits. It’s the same design and bricks as the other building here so I’m sure it’s pre-Civil War, probably closer to the Revolutionary War.
During the spring this entire area of the plantation is filled with flowering bushes and trees.
This is the oldest church building in Charleston, but not the oldest congregation. What strikes me about this church are the original 1760’s boxed pews, and the incredible stained glass windows. One has approximately 2,000 individual pieces.
I’m trying to work my way through approximately 200 photographs of 3 National Historic Registry churches we visited last week. Several of the historical churches had open doors on the same day. By chance we were walking around. We did 3 and that was enough, after all I had to leave time for the graveyards.
I call this bridge version 2. However unless you looked closely at the nails, floor boards, or under support there is no difference to the original. The first bridge was here for one hundred fifty plus years I think.
During a storm two years ago one of the big, heavy, Live Oaks came down right in the middle of the bridge. Crushed it.
Within six months the family found two hundred year old Cypress Trees (aged under water for centuries), antique craftsmen, and of course the money to make an exact duplicate. Two actually. A miniature copy was built for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
The first Cathedral at this location was built in 1854 and promptly burned in a great fire of 1861. Construction on the new building began in 1890 with the doors opening in 1907. By Charleston standards this is the ‘new kid on the block’.
I have not been shooting in town for a while (or anywhere) so I tried to make up for lost time. The Cathedral doors are always open making it perfect start of the day.