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Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee

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#14 of 83 in Historic Sites in South Carolina
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Massive columns stand as a reminder of South Carolina's colonial past at Old Sheldon Church Ruins--a popular spot for history buffs, amateur photographers, and wedding parties. Constructed sometime between 1745 and 1753 in the Greek Revival style, the church suffered massive damage during the Revolutionary War when British troops set the building on fire. Rebuilt in the 1820s and then burned down again, the structure is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take in the natural setting of the old church, which is surrounded by large oak trees and flowering plants. The ruins house the remains of William Bull, a land surveyor who helped develop the grid pattern of Savannah's streets and squares. With our custom trip planner, Yemassee attractions like Old Sheldon Church Ruins can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a really neat place with tons of history. Make sure to read the back of the roadside plaque when you go.  more »
  • What a wonderful piece of beautiful history! This is a must see if you are in the area. So many interesting facts and an absolutely beautiful place to take pics. Easy little drive out Hwy 21 north The...  more »
  • This place has an awe about it. There is not much there--just the ruins of a church, beautiful old trees, and an old cemetery, but it was the highlight of my trip. As others have said, it is definitel...  more »
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  • I've lived in Charleston, SC since 1989 and still there is so much rich history I have yet to explore. Traveled out to the Sheldon Church ruins yesterday it was beautiful. I recommend big stray and a sunny day the light through the Moss. Draped tree's makes for both great pictures and big bites. Amazing to see this masterfully built piece of American history.
  • A great place to stretch your legs and see a cool attraction! It's so hauntingly beautiful! We went on a Sunday afternoon and there was about 15 people so not overly crowded which we liked.
  • Lived in Charleston my entire life and finally went there yesterday for the first time. I captured the green glow and didnt even realize it until my husband showed me! I wondered why i couldnt get the photos to be as bright as all the rest of the pictures i took! Its amazing and beautiful! I do believe in the supernatural, but I went out there too capture the beauty of the building and left with much more!
  • This is a must see! It was so quiet and peaceful there. Loved the history and beautiful scenery.
  • Amazing place. So glad we came and explored the ruins. I even found a tombstone with my last name.

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