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Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.9/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
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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  • I had seen pictures online and went on a wild hair while on vacation in Savannah. This is such an interesting place with a history that surrounds you. It's not necessarily the most exciting attraction...  read more »
  • I was moved by the beauty of this historical site. Given the history of this church we are blessed that even these remains are standing. A special place worth going off the main thoroughfare... 
  • This church was burned by the British during the Revolutionary War and by the Union during the Civil War. The cemetery stones give a great deal of history of the area and of the families t...  read more »
  • Came here to find a virtual geocache June 2015. Absolutely incredible. It feels like something out of a movie and it's just amazing. Came in broad daylight. Very cool to see something that has been around since the nearly the beginning of modern civilization in North America. This is one of a kind, free, must see if you get the chance.
  • I visited this spot during a big thunderstorm. One of the coolest experiences of my SC trip. The church ruins are amazing and surrounded by ancient gravestones. Love places like this.
  • My girlfriend and I love this place....very romantic! One evening, while attending a wedding reception, we snuck off into the cemetery to make love. A couple days later, my girlfriend went to the doctor because her back was giving her trouble. After examining her, the doctor asked my girlfriend how old she was? She told him she was 42 and asked him why did he want to know? He said he was curious because it said on her back that she died in 1832.
  • Quiet piece of history. Kids actually enjoyed it too. There is a parking area across the road.
  • Quiet and eerie. Off the beaten path. Just please be respectful of the area.
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