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Beaufort Bay

Beaufort South Carolina is a city on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina’s coastal Sea Islands. It’s known for its antebellum mansions, especially in the downtown historic district. We decided to stay in Beaufort on one of our Southern trips to the Low Country. Beaufort is a beautiful small town filled with small shops in the Historic District, a nice quiet getaway where you can still experience the old South. I shot this on a walk around the Waterfront Park and downtown marina area, the sun was going down and made for a nice scene on the bay.


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Sheldon Church Ruins

Sheldon Church Ruins-Beaufort County South Carolina

Located a few miles outside the Low Country town of  beautiful Beaufort South Carolina are the historic ruins of the old Prince William’s Parish Church, the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, Beaufort County.

Sheldon Church Ruins-Beaufort County South Carolina

The church was built in the Greek Revival style between 1745 and 1753. Prince William’s was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. In 1826 it was rebuilt. The On site sign reads that it was burned again in 1865 by Sherman during the Civil War, but several web articles refute this claim, even the Wiki article notes-

Contrary to the on site signs based on a letter written by a Yankee, it was not burnt in 1865 by William Tecumseh Sherman.

An alternative view has more recently come to light, however. In a letter dated February 3, 1866, Miton Leverett wrote that “Sheldon Church not burn’t. Just torn up in the inside, but can be repaired.” The inside of the church was apparently gutted to reuse materials to rebuild homes burnt by Sherman’s army.

The ruins lie among majestic oaks and scattered graves and is a real scenic area.

Inside the ruins of the church lies the remains of Colonel William Bull, who “greatly assisted General Oglethorpe in establishing the physical layout of Savannah, Georgia. Bull surveyed the land in 1733 to form the basic grid pattern of the streets and squares.”

Sheldon Church Ruins-Beaufort County South Carolina

Another shot showing the crypts and various grave sites on the property, and the inside of the ruins.

Sheldon Church Ruins-Beaufort County South Carolina

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