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Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Old Sheldon Church Road, Yemassee, SC
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Yemassee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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West Columbia, South Carolina
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120 reviews 120 reviews
26 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Low country South Carolina history does not get any better than Old Sheldon church, just outside Beaufort, South Carolina. We have visited this site of the old church numerous times and it never grows "old". The site is just off I-95(about 10 miles) and such a neat historical site. It is so peaceful and the history is so compelling, you... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

These beautiful ruins from Revolutionary war era are amazing. Peaceful surroundings, and rife with history, this is a perfect place to just be quiet and take in the scenery and silence.

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Asheville, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Well preserved ruins going back to pre-Revolution...which in this country is old. Unique brick columns rubbed round by slave workers. Very old graves. And authentic well water pump for anyone who is thirsty.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Beautiful ruins of church as well as crypts from the 1700s. Great place for not only a history buff but also for anyone interested in photography. The wildlife around the church makes for some of the best photos you'll take. Bring your bug spray though, as the area is dense with no-see-ums, mosquitos, etc. Don't let biting bugs ruin this... More

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Sunrise, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We made a day trip from Savannah to Charleston and stop to visit this seemingly little known attraction. We found it easy to find following the gps but there should be more signs along the road to give this beautiful place more exposure. It's only a 5 mins drive off US 17, but make sure you don't miss the turn... More

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I visited the Sheldon church Ruins early one Saturday morning. There is plenty of parking directly across the street from the site. I arrived early and was the only person there. The area is quite large, with grave markers scattered about. Lots of moss covered oaks and shade, well manicured grounds. This old church must have been quite a place... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The ruins are simply beautiful. Moss dangles delicately from the trees, it is peaceful and gorgeous. The history is so interesting, it is noted on a plaque that rests within the place where the sanctuary once was. It is amazing to think of it burning and being rebuilt. Very worth the stop.

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We were driving from Charleston to Hilton Head, on our way we had the pleasure of taking a very slight side trip to the Old Sheldon Church Ruins. Not far off of route 17 on Old Sheldon Church Road hidden amongst majestic oaks, Spanish Moss and scattered graves lies this breathtaking photographers dream. What a surprise to find this historical... More

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

My wife and I put the top down on the Z and came upon this amazing stop on our way to Hilton Head. What a surprise! Walking through the ruins underneath breathtaking live oaks with spanish moss we felt a sense of peace and respect. Numerous grave stones from the 1700's took us back in time and you wondered about... More

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Anderson, South Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

There are so many different ways to photograph these church ruins. Old trees and Spanish moss surround the ruins. You can set up your foreground or background as you wish. The history is fascinating. There is a virtual geocache located on the grounds and a regular geocache hidden across the road near the parking area. No charge for admission to... More

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