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St. Helena's Episcopal Church

501 Church St., Historic Downtown, Beaufort, SC SC 29902
843/522-1712
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Beaufort
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The old church, now an Anglican church, was a surgery during the civil war run by the union army, but did "surgeries" on union and confederate soldiers. Many soldiers from both sides of the war are in the old graveyard that surrounds the church, and is open to the public. Many graves are marked by flags indicating which side of... More

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Greenville, South Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This cemetery unlike most others in historic cities is open to the public 24/7. It is beautifully maintained with graves dating back to the 1700's. Flags and markers for union and confederate army veterans are well preserved. I even found 2 markers for Revolutionary War veterans.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Wonderful knowledgeable docents gave us a tour of the place pointing out historical characters like Tuscarora Jack. They showed us the graveyard and church. This church also often hosts organ concerts along with several services each Sunday.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Quaint, lovely church...I always enjoy going inside of at least one structure. This provided a welcome respite during the wonderful walking tour.

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Tucson, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I saw this on Janet's Walking tour and just loved it. Very historic church, lovingly and beautifully maintained by devoted parishioners. Lots and lots of history.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Visited this on our walking tour of Beaufort and was told about some of the people in the graveyard of the church and then was given a tour of the inside along with some of the history of the building. Well worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Searched the cemetery for historical ancestor burials, and was not disappointed. I only wish I had more time than I did for further searching.

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orlando
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310 reviews 310 reviews
71 attraction reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This church carries on today with services in historic Beaufort, SC, but probably much differently than it did in the early 1700's. For us, it was the cemetery that drew us in, as there are stones dating back to the Revolutionary War. One such grave of Col. John Barnwell, who was born in Dublin,Ireland in 1671, and was laid to... More

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Saint James City, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Beautiful church, interior very well kept. The graveyard is so interesting and so old. Docent did not acknowledge us. We had already read about it, but would have been nice to hear a few extra facts. Definitely worth the time.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful historic churches that I have seen. Take some time to walk around the grave yard!

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