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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😊
As with many towns lots of places have come and gone. The E. C. Rice ghost sign does live on.
The porch above contains a real treasure. Left side has an old washing machine with a hand wringer.
At some time several types of business were on this cross road. A fast but interesting stop.