Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina

Thanks to the For 91 Days in Savannah guys, we had a few new day trip ideas. Today was the day to visit the Old Sheldon Church ruins. A view of downtown Savannah as we left...

Crossing the Savannah River via the Talmadge Memorial Bridge...look at that gorgeous blue sky!

And in no time, we were in South Carolina...

Country roads...

And here we are...




Isn't this beautiful? Amazing that these columns and walls are still standing after more than 250 years.




Amen...

Although the signage says the church was burned twice, information has now come to light that this wasn't the case. Apparently the church was gutted and the materials were used to rebuild homes that were burned by Sherman's army in 1865.

Brick beneath the stucco covering...

This is the grave of William Bull who was Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from 1738-1744, and who assisted James Oglethorpe in founding Georgia, and laying out the city of Savannah.

Some of the graves scattered around the church...


Loved this old tree stump and roots...

This looked like something from an old spooky cartoon...


This tree has forced its way through the fence...

Interesting...

Many members of the Bull family died at a young age...

This tree was amazing with its branches sweeping down to the ground.


With one last look at the church, it was time to leave. What a magical place...

This amazing work was done by a tree surgeon. Jim's father used to do this type of work in the southern US in the 1920s.

There was actually ice on the water at the base of the pump. It was nice and sunny, but another unseasonably cold day.

The church is located about 17 miles from Beaufort, so we popped into Blackstones Cafe for my fix of biscuits. Mmmm...

Jim is looking quite relaxed...

The salt marshes of South Carolina, part of a huge ecosystem providing fish, shrimp and crab.

Such a great day...there is so much to explore!

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