When you visit our scenic peninsula, you’ll discover an array of historic sites. Each of these landmarks provides a glimpse into the interesting history woven into the fabric of our coastal community. During our early days, churches in Beaufort, SC, and surrounding areas shaped the lives of our founding settlers. While you’re staying at the Cuthbert House Inn, a visit to one of these stunning places of worship will be a great addition to your South Carolina getaway!
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Churches in Beaufort, SC, Preserve Our History
With a myriad of wonderful things to do and see in our area, you’ll be captivated by our historic charm and natural beauty. Here are our recommendations on the best churches in Beaufort, SC, and around our scenic area!
How to See These Historic Places
As you search for the best ways to explore and learn about the churches in Beaufort, SC, plan an unforgettable journey on Janet’s Walking History Tour! Janet Matlock is praised for her knowledge of our churches and knows how to bring our compelling past of Beaufort to life. In fact, many of our guests have taken her two-hour tour and raved about how fun it was. You don’t want to miss the incredible opportunity to hear one of our area’s finest historians!
St. Helena Chapel of Ease Ruins
St. Helena Chapel of Ease
was built circa 1740 and is nestled on St. Helena Island
. This quaint chapel provided an excellent place of worship to Southerners until 1861. When the Federal Occupation of St. Helena occurred, it was transformed into a school for freedmen. Then, in 1886, a forest fire burned the chapel, which was never reconstructed. It’s also listed on National Registry of Historic Places. And, if you happen to be there at night, you may just see a ghost or two
roaming the grounds!
The Parish Church of St. Helena
The St. Helena Church in Beaufort, SC, features a towering white bell tower overlooking our bayside town, just two blocks from the Cuthbert House Inn on North Street, When you step inside this Anglican church, you’ll find beautiful red carpet lining the aisle and restored hardwood floors underneath the rows of wooden pews. As your eyes look up, you can see the lavish chandelier and gorgeous balcony that wraps around both sides of the interior. When you walk back outside, there is a cemetery with graves dating back to the Civil War and rolling green lawns!
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
In Beaufort County, Old Sheldon Church Ruins is perhaps one of the most important landmarks in our history and is located in Yemassee, SC, just 20 minutes from downtown Beaufort. One of the few churches built in a Greek-temple style, these ruins were named after Sheldon, England, the home of William Bull who was the main beneficiary throughout the 1740s and 1750s. During the Revolutionary War, the church was burned to the ground by British forces and later rebuilt. Yet again, during the Civil War, General Sherman set the church on fire in his “March to the Sea” campaign. Be sure to bring your camera to capture your own perspective of these awe-inspiring ruins.
Book Your Stay at Cuthbert House Inn
After you experience these three stunning churches in Beaufort, SC, and around our local community, reflect on your day at the Cuthbert House Inn! Our beautiful bed and breakfast offers views of the Beaufort Bay and boasts the ideal relaxing retreat for your getaway. Each of our guest rooms features restored antiques, an abundance of natural light, and spa-like oasis.
We can’t wait to host you this year in the lovely South Carolina Lowcountry!