Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Yemassee

#19 of 151 in Historic Sites in South Carolina
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Serene and beautiful place with much history. Well tended snd caretaker was there welcoming guests. Took many pictures.  more »
  • Built in the 1750s, its small but a beautiful place to stop and explore. There are dozens of tombstones and tombs that are hundreds of years old. You can’t walk through it but you can get pretty...  more »
  • A beautiful little pull off! There used to be nice little picnic tables to sit on but not you need permission to use the land. You can park across the street and walk over and enjoy the area but it looks like you cant do events or large gatherings any more. A lot of history and beauty to this place- there are plaques with information along the way. Stop by at dusk or early morning for the best photos !
  • Nice stop to stretch the legs and take some pics. Old old old building lots of history and there are a lot of old grave stone markers and surprisingly some more recent ones as well. It was fenced in now cos "People" are taking the bricks. Such a shame. It was a hot summer day when we stopped but the area was real nice.

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