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“Eerie and sacred ruin”

Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Yemassee
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

An old church that was built twice and burned within less than 40 years after each, first time by the British army in 1779 and second time by the Federal army in 1565. However it seems the past continued to linger here, through its hollowed walls, moss clapped half leaning trees, and chipped grave tombstones. We were there after it was already dark and waited for the spot lights to turn on. The feeling was figuratively "below this world".

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Just a couple miles off the main highway, 17 miles north of the Beaufort area, sitting in a gorgeous clearing of huge trees laden with spanish moss, are these beautiful historic church ruins. We were surprised by the size of them and their connection to both the revolutionary and civil wars.
There are also old gravestones on the property to explore. We met a couple who said they attended a wedding here.....what a spectacular setting. This is one of those little surprises that makes traveling so interesting.

1  Thank kap929
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

The ride down to the ruins itself is beautiful on a sunny day. We arrived there and didn't know that it was just a place on the side of the road. There is a plaque near the road commemorating the grounds with a fence surrounding it all. When we arrived, we thought the place was even more beautiful than the online pictures. There are no pictures that can do this place justice, and for photos, we had the very best of days. It was a bright sunshiny day and the sun coming through the treetops cast shadows in all the right places. It was quiet and we felt a sense of reverence. The church has been burned down twice and rebuilt once. The founder of the church is buried in the area of the pulpit and his grave is the oldest that we are aware of ever visiting, 1755. There are other grounds scattered around the property and those were interesting as well. If you love old cemeteries and churches, we highly recommend this beautiful place. While some people might not like it, we were in awe of it and will go back whenever we are in the area.

3  Thank LisaandBruce
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Heading back from Beaufort, SC, we turned onto the 2 lane road marked Sheldon Church. The stop was so worth it. Quiet and a great photo-op location. The ruins are in such tact and the lighting thru the topless roof make for terrific shadows. The moss covered trees reminded me of the Forrest Gump area. Just gorgeous. A must-see.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

On a visit to Auldbrass Plantation, we stopped by here for a BBQ picnic. I think that on most days this is not open to the public, but it is viewable from the street.

1  Thank SCTravelCouple
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