"I Like Mike," the name of St. Michael's newcomers group, and pretty says how I feel about this splendid church, whose steeple along with St. Philip's up the street, has been part of Charleston's history and skyline (The Holy City) since 1680 and the oldest religious edifice in town. This structure opened in 1761 after the usual smaller churches were replaced for burned down. Named after the Archangel Michael who stands guard over the main altar ready to slay any latter-day snakes or dragons (j1893)...the glass is thanks to Tiffany and his fine craftsmen. Have you ever seen such a pellucid blue sky? I attended a service here a few years ago and it's a bit of crunch to kneel in the boxes. Guess 18th century Charlestonians were a lot smaller . The church is maintained with great care. See the pulpit which is carved so finely and so dramatic apparently because sermons were the focus at the time rather than the altar. A shell hit the church during the Civil War and there's some scars near the pulpit. View the steeple from out front or down the street. Architect unknown but resembles Sir Christopher Wren's St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square and similar timeline.
George Washington and General Robert E. Lee both worshipped here. The list reads like a Who's Who of colonial and ante-bellum America.
The cemetery includes some of South Carolina's finest sons and daughters Charles Pinckney and John Rutledge, two signers of the U. S. Constitution. Pinkney became a candidate for the Presidency and Rutledge was Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.
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