Beaufort, South Carolina
If you follow the back road between Yemassee and Beaufort, South Carolina you will find the ruins of one of the first Greek Revival Churches in the United States the Old Sheldon Church.
It was first built in 1745 and during the Revolutionary War in 1779 the British burned it. It was rebuilt in 1826 and on Sherman’s “March to the Sea” in 1865 it was burned again. All that remains today is the outside structure and the brick pulpit that stands inside.
My first visit to the church was to assist Ashley with a bridal portrait. The bride’s fiancé was a history buff so for their first date he took her to Old Sheldon. He then proposed to her there and the wedding was to be held there- naturally she wanted her portrait photographed on the grounds of the ruins. What stories they will have to tell their children and grandchildren!
Among the great oaks draped with Spanish moss that surround the church, you will find above ground vaults and tombstones that date from the 1700’s through the 1990’s. Some of the stones have names and dates-others share bits of history and a glimpse into past lives.
You don’t have to be a history buff to be caught up in the beauty and charm of these ruins that have stood for more than 120 years.
Many thanks to our bride for sharing her special time and place-