Old Sheldon Church

About half-an-hour north of Beaufort, there’s a place in the woods which has become one of the low country’s favorite secrets. The ruins of the Old Sheldon Church are found down a tiny road, in a forest of towering oaks draped in Spanish moss.

Old Sheldon Church

The Prince William’s Parish Church was originally built around 1750, but was burnt down by the British during the Revolution. It was rebuilt in in 1826, and once again met a violent death during the Civil War, finding itself in the path of pillaging General Sherman. Since then, the church been left to ruin.

But what ruins they are! Huge bricked walls with intact archways have somehow defied gravity, while a number of columns sprout from the ground as though in competition with the oaks. Scattered around the site are graves, some which are too worn to read, and other that have sunk into the ground. Within the church sits the tombstone of William Bull, who was of great assistance to Oglethorpe in the layout and development of Savannah, and after whom Bull Street is named.

Old Sheldon Church is a popular place for wedding portraits, for reasons which are immediately apparent. If you’re anywhere in the area, make sure to stop by and take in one of the region’s most beautiful scenes.

  • Spanish Moss Graves
  • Brick Column
  • Brick Filled Tree
  • Church Ruins USA
  • Fake Rose
  • Grave Flower
  • Grave Paw
  • MRS MJ
  • Sheldon Church
  • Sheldon Columns
  • Sneaky Church Entrance
  • Sout Carolina Ruin
  • Sunk Tombstone
  • Tombstone OX

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Avatar of Cherie Headding
    Cherie Headding

    Those are totally amazing photos. Thank you.

  2. Avatar of Toni

    So glad you enjoyed your time in Savannah. And you’re right…. I never knew about Old Sheldon Church! Day trip! Thanks, and bon voyage. [Y’all come back now, ya’ hear?]

  3. Avatar of Dave

    What a beautiful spot. I had the misfortune of visiting in July and was eaten alive by mosquitos!

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