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St. Helena in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chapel of Ease
 
Chapel of Ease Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
1. Chapel of Ease Marker
 
Inscription. To St. Helena's Church, Beaufort, S.C. Built about 1740. Made a separate church after the revolution. Burned by forest fire Feb. 22, 1886.
 
Erected by Beaufort County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Beaufort County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 32° 22.551′ N, 80° 34.603′ W. Marker is in St. Helena, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Lands End Road (South Carolina Route 45), on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Helena Island SC 29920, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penn School (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Great Sea Island Storm (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Honor Of Edith M. Dabbs and James McBride Dabbs (approx. 0.9 miles away); Barrow Hall (approx. 6 miles away); Emancipation Day Camp Saxton Site (approx. 6.2 miles away); Japanese 75mm Field Gun (approx. 6.2 miles away); Peatross Parade Deck (approx. 6.4 miles away); Uncommon Valor (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Chapel of Ease. National Register Of Historical Places :
St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins *** (added 1988 - Site - #88001777)
Also known as St. Helena Island Parish Church Ruins
♦ Historic Significance: Event,
♦ Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦ Architectural Style: Colonial
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion, Art
♦ Period of Significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799, 1800-1824, 1825-1849, 1850-1874, 1875-1899
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Funerary, Religion
♦ Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
♦ Current Function: Funerary, Vacant/Not In Use
♦ Current Sub-function: Cemetery
 
Chapel of Ease Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
2. Chapel of Ease Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  National Register Information on St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins. This ruin is significant as a relatively intact example of mid-eighteenth century tabby construction and for its association with the St. Helena Parish, both as a secondary and primary place of worship for inhabitants of the parish. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Lands End Lights
The road of Lands End is appropriately named as it will take travelers from one of St. Helena's Island to the other and end where the land ends. Along the road are supposed to haunt spirits. (In fact, most of Beaufort County can lay a claim to at lease one of the dearly departed.) To those that travel Lands End often at night, the sight of balls of light are common. Various legends tell of their origin.

In one, the lights are the spirit of a Civil War soldier who was beheaded by a cannon ball. His spirit wanders Lands End, ever searching for his head.

A second version says that the lights are the souls of slaves hung in the region for attempting to run away.

The final version is that the lights are the remains of a bus of migrant workers that crashed on the road, killing all those inside.

Most accounts place the lights near a large oak tree close to the chapel ruins.
 
Chapel of Ease Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
3. Chapel of Ease Ruins
 
    — Submitted September 18, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
 
Chapel of Ease rear view Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 1, 2012
4. Chapel of Ease rear view
 
 
Chapel of Ease image, Click for more information
Historic American Buildings Survey
5. Chapel of Ease
Survey Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,7-SAHELI,1A-2
Click for more information.
 
 
Chapel of Ease Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
6. Chapel of Ease Ruins
 
 
Chapel of Ease Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
7. Chapel of Ease Ruins
 
 
Chapel of Ease Pillar Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
8. Chapel of Ease Pillar
 
 
Interior View of Chapel Rear Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
9. Interior View of Chapel Rear
 
 
Interior View of Chapel Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
10. Interior View of Chapel Wall
 
 
Tabby Detail Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
11. Tabby Detail
 
 
Interior View of Chapel Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
12. Interior View of Chapel Entrance
 
 
Chapel of Ease Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
13. Chapel of Ease Ruins
 
 
Nearby Mausoleum Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
14. Nearby Mausoleum
 
 
Mausoleum Entrance Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
15. Mausoleum Entrance
 
 
Mausoleum Interior - Back Wall Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
16. Mausoleum Interior - Back Wall
 
 
Mausoleum Interion - Crypt Ruins Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, February 2008
17. Mausoleum Interion - Crypt Ruins
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,670 times since then. Last updated on June 4, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on May 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on June 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 20, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on September 18, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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