Circular Congregational Church, Charleston

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#20 of 25 in Historic Sites in Charleston
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  • The church was not open when we visited, but the cemetery featured many interesting, historic graves in such a pretty setting with Spanish moss hanging from the trees.  more »
  • This weekly Wednesday professionally performed concert at the unique Circular Congressional Church is exceptional ! The one hour and a half multi-faceted performances were accompanied by a variety of ...  more »
  • Beautiful church! And a beautiful cemetery! So many wonderful headstones that are somehow so well preserved. The oldest grave in Charleston is in this cemetery. It's definitely worth a walk through. T...  more »
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  • Sounds of Charleston is so fun! The church hosts a fun history of Charleston through song musical - great performers and a lively director make for a fun evening.
  • I love old cemeteries and this one didn't dissapoint
  • Spooky at night
  • Cool historic church and cemetary. Worth seeing.
  • Circular Congregational is one of the oldest churches in Charleston. It has the oldest graveyard in Charleston, dating from 1681. The grounds are the site of the first "Meeting House" in Charleston. The only "churches" back then were Church of England and nothing else could be called a church. So other denominations and groups had to have meeting houses. Circular was the first such meeting house for a dissenting group and is where Meeting Street gets its name! The current building dates from the 1890s, as does the pipe organ in the church. The original Robert Mills church dated from the 1830s and burned in the great fire that hit Charleston in the 1860s.

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