Old Sheldon Church Ruins is another place we love visiting. The best thing about going here, it is free. We travel down to Beaufort and Hilton Head through out the year and this is one of our favorite stops. I love walking around old places, learning the history and taking pictures. The Old Sheldon Church Ruins is a historic site located in northern Beaufort County, South Carolina, approximately 17 miles north of Beaufort in the Sheldon area. Known also as the Sheldon Church or Old Sheldon Church, the pre-existing building was originally known as Prince William’s Parish Church. The church was built in the Greek Revival style between 1745 and 1753. Prince William’s was burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary War. In 1826 it was rebuilt and later burnt by William Tecumseh Sherman, in 1865, as told by signs at the site.
The sense of history you get when you walk around the ruins and the graves is overwhelming. This is a quiet very tranquil place. As you look around at the ruins it makes you feel like you have been transported back in time.
It’s a great place for photos — old patched-up brick, oak trees laden with Spanish Moss, very old cemetery. The ruins lie amongst majestic oaks and scattered graves. These ruins really bring you back in time and lend quite a historical view to the area. I can spend a few hours here just taking pictures. Old Sheldon Ruins has so much feeling and emotion attached to it. When you arrive and look to the side of the road where it stands, you see the majestic remains of something that dates back to the 1700s and has withstood the test of time, seen wars and much death during its lifetime but yet it is still beautiful.
This place is definitely a “one of a kind” find! I promise you will leave filled with awe! The grounds are very well kept, making the church remnants look like an old castle ruin. And for you photographers out there, don’t miss this opportunity! Beautiful and dignified!! No matter how many times we visit these old ruins we are touched by the serenity and beauty of this place!