Old Sheldon Church Ruins {{ Yemassee, South Carolina }}

Well, it’s been a while. But have I got a great photo essay for you! I was able to visit somewhere I’ve always wanted to see this Saturday, and it did not disappoint! Old Sheldon Church was originally built around the 1740’s, but was subsequently burned down by the British. It was rebuilt (new roof, interior) in the early 1800’s, but then the Yankees gutted it during the time of Sherman’s march. Now all that is left is the nearly 300 year old ruins, and it is a special place here on Earth. I can’t really tell you why, but there really is something amazing about it. I’m not sure if it is a reminder of what once was, all the emotions that have been felt on those grounds… the numerous weddings, funerals, services, tears, laughter, pain… or the sense of feeling just a tad bit closer to something or someone much larger than yourself. Or maybe, it’s both. Go visit. Then you decide.

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Fun Fact: Occasionally services are still held (Easter and Christmas) and weddings are also booked here because it is still considered a church!

All photos taken with Canon 6D and 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens, enhanced in LR5.

One thought on “Old Sheldon Church Ruins {{ Yemassee, South Carolina }}

  1. Those are awesome photos, Brooke. They remind me of a video essay that TCM is currently showing that is in memory of various motion picture persons who died in 2014. It’s a series of clips taken at what looks like an old deserted estate with all sorts of balconies, walkways, arches, statuary,, and occasionally a person’s legs walking or a background shot of someone walking away from the camera is shown. The whole effect is some sort of place between this world and the next; eerie but also comforting and reassuring. And your still shots evoke the same mood.

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