April 16, 2018 § Leave a comment
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
April in Charleston is the time where thoughts and hearts turn to the essence of Lowcountry spring. Sherbert-hued sunsets, balmy breezes, floral and brine aromas aloft, warm days and still-cool evenings. It is perfect picnic weather. The ideal season to linger under the shade of a Spanish moss-dressed live oak, perhaps sipping a cool glass of white wine and supping on fresh fruit, soft, warm cheese and slices of a fresh baguette bread.
There are many lovely spots to indulge in such an occasion in Charleston proper. White Point Garden, Hampton Park, and Sullivan’s Island all come to mind. But, if you’re in the mood for a short ride and a little change of scenery, there is an incredibly soulful and serene destination about an hour down Highway 17 on the way to Beaufort, SC.
Old Sheldon Church Ruins are the remnants of a chapel of ease built in the English Georgian style between 1745 and 1753. The church was burned down two times. Once by the British during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt, and then burned down a second time in 1865 during the Civil War.
Its sad history and beautiful ancient walls perhaps contribute to the almost spiritual aura that surrounds the green, hilly and usually very private grounds. Find your spot, pull out your picnic blanket and basket, and enjoy the ride. It will be a picnic for the ages. Beaufort is only about 20 miles further south if you want to make a full day of it. The Old Sheldon Church Ruins are located at Highway 21 & 235, Yemassee, SC, 29945. Phone: 843.525.8500.