Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee

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. Plan to visit Old Sheldon Church Ruins and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yemassee attractions using our Yemassee trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • September 20, 2017
    If you are in the area, you need to stop by Sheldon Church ruins to see some history. The live oaks and church ruins are awesome.  more »
  • September 20, 2017
    This is a unique place to visit. It has a lot of history. It is good for picture taking. It has also hosted weddings. Great trip.  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Not worth a trip just to go see on its own but definitely worth a 10 minute trip off I-95. Absolutely breathtaking!  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 4, 2017
    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!
  • May 24, 2017
    This is a must see! It was so quiet and peaceful there. Loved the history and beautiful scenery.
  • May 28, 2017
    Amazing place. So glad we came and explored the ruins. I even found a tombstone with my last name.

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