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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  • This is a very evocative place dating back to Colonial times, The ruins are kept in good repair and the grounds are kept cut.  more »
  • These beautiful ruins are located just a few minutes off of Hwy 17 and for travelers needing a place to strech their legs this is definitely the place to stop. The site contains the ruins of an almost...  more »
  • This site is not only historical, it is flat out enchanting. It is a short distance from the interstate or a little longer distance from Beaufort. Kudos to the church that owns this property for allow...  more »
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  • I stopped here after discovering it on Atlas Obscura. What a fantastic and eerie attraction. There was no one else around when I visited, offering the perfect opportunity to meditate to the spirits in this place.
  • 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.
  • This place has so much old historical stuff that's just incredible to see! It doesn't seem real! It's like a real-life Tim Burton movie!
  • 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.
  • The best little known spot in South Carolina. You can feel the history while you are walking around these historic grounds.

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