Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee

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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. 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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  • Cool pitstop. Nice place to visit and walk around. Place is beautifully creepy and peaceful. I enjoy finding hidden gems on my journeys. 
    Cool pitstop. Nice place to visit and walk around. Place is beautifully creepy and peaceful. I enjoy finding hidden gems on my journeys.  more »
  • Very beautiful historical church & cemetery with unlimited photo opportunities. If you go in the summer, bring your mosquito repellent or plan to move very quickly. No matter what time of the day... 
    Very beautiful historical church & cemetery with unlimited photo opportunities. If you go in the summer, bring your mosquito repellent or plan to move very quickly. No matter what time of the day...  more »
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  • This place is absolutely AMAZING!!! Ruins are bigger than what I was expecting, and I was unaware that it was in the middle of a cemetery. We did have kind of a creepy experience though. In the southwest corner of the grounds we discovered a white sheet on the ground surrounded by a bunch of burned down white candles. Not sure what this was all about, but it gave me a bit of an uneasy feeling. But we enjoyed the remainder of our visit looking at all the old graves, the wickedly beautiful live oak trees and the church ruins themselves. If you like history, you'll LOVE this place! BRING MOSQUITO REPELLENT!! LOTS OF IT.
  • Gorgeous stop to or from Beaufort with picnic tables as well. This is definitely worth stopping to see, but ensure you have some bug spray during the summer months. There are a HUGE amount of mosquitos and we found other visitors getting bit up as badly as we did. I do hate that the ruins are fenced off, but I understand why they had to. The history is great to read about and the ruins and gravestones are very humbling as well. Definitely recommend!

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