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Review of Christ Church

Christ Church
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Christ Church, Frederica has docents available Tuesday through Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. The churchyard is open to the public from sunrise to sunset Tuesday through Sunday. The church and the grounds are closed to the public on Monday's for maintenance. Bus tours and group tours are available, please call or email the office to set up a group tour. From time to time, the church and churchyard are closed to accommodate funerals and weddings.
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Wow”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Church is beautiful. Graveyard somewhat unsettling. You can view every church on the island, but it is almost impossible to find the pink chapel. Several stories have been linked to the building. No one will ever know the truth. Once found within the southern brush, always remember st simons island has a tremendous past. You can find several establishments surrounding brutality...if you look hard enough.

Visited June 2013
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
235 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“A Step Back in Time!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

Christ Church is located in a very serene, calming setting formed by huge live oaks, cedar trees, holly & palmettos - no wonder Eugenia Price chose this as home to her famous St. Simons Trilogy! The church is found on the beautiful north end of St. Simons Island. Both John and Charles Wesley preached here before returning to England to help found the Methodist Church.
The first church structure was built in 1820, but unfortunately was partially destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War. In 1884, Reverend Anson Dodge, Jr., built the present structure in memory of his wife, Ellen. The grounds contain a cemetery with graves of early settlers and many famous Georgians. I have been there many times and I have never tired of reading the many tombstones! (The oldest tombstone dates back to 1803.)
The church itself is beautiful, constructed from wood in the cruciform design with it's magnificent trussed Gothic roof and gorgeous stained glass windows! The church is home to an active Episcopal congregation, but is open to the public for tours every day except Tuesdays, Easter & Christmas Day. When visiting here, don't leave your camera in the car! Christ Church is one of the most photographed locations on St Simons Island...and some say in America!

Visited May 2013
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Franklin, TN
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Solemn History”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We visited Christ Church on a weekday when no services were scheduled. We toured indoors and stopped to pray silently before strolling out into the cemetery where Eugenia Price is buried. Other gravestones tell the story of a time long past when Georgia was a colony and the British, Spanish, and French all owned parts of the New World.

The trees shade the entrance and the cemetery. Peace exists there.

Visited August 2012
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Bradenton, FL
Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
“A great spot”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The church is very nice and cozy and comforting, but it's the cemetery surrounding it that is the draw.

Many of the island pioneers are buried here and, if you are into Eugenia Price's books, you will recognize the names of many of her characters. She lived nearby for much of her life and wrote historical novels based on the lives of the island's pioneers. Do not miss a stop here.

Visited June 2013
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Another stop on our trolley tour”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

What an amazing piece of history on this site. The story behind this church is very touching and the although it is a tiny church, it feels humbling. Many U.S. pesidents have visited this church. Unfortunately it was closed the day we were there so we couldn't go inside. I understand the craftsmanship is amazing.

Visited May 2013
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