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Cainhoy in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. Thomas Church
 
St. Thomas Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2009
1. St. Thomas Church Marker
 
Inscription. The Parish of St. Thomas was established by Act of Assembly Nov. 30, 1706. The first church was erected in 1708 and destroyed by forest fire in 1815. The present ediface was erected in 1819. (Marker Number 8-13.)
 
Location. 32° 57.66′ N, 79° 51.403′ W. Marker is in Cainhoy, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Cainhoy Road (South Carolina Route 8-98). Click for map. Located North of Brick Church Road. Marker is in this post office area: Huger SC 29450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brabant Plantation (approx. 4.1 miles away); Thomas Lynch at Rivertowne (approx. 4.6 miles away); Otranto Indigo Vat (approx. 4.7 miles away); Wando Pottery (approx. 5 miles away); Point Plantation / Richmond Plantation (approx. 5.4 miles away); Phillips Community (approx. 6.1 miles away); Brickyard Plantation (approx. 7.9 miles away); Sweetgrass Baskets (approx. 8 miles away).
 
Regarding St. Thomas Church. (St. Thomas & St. Dennis Parish Episcopal Church; Brick Church) White Church, or St. Thomas & St. Dennis Parish Episcopal Church, was constructed in 1819 and occupies the site of the older parish church of St. Thomas, which was built about
 
St. Thomas Church Marker, as seen along Cainhoy Road (State Road 8-98) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 26, 2009
2. St. Thomas Church Marker, as seen along Cainhoy Road (State Road 8-98)
 
1706 but which burned in 1815. During the Reconstruction period, the church was the scene of the 1876 “Cainhoy Massacre,” a serious riot between whites and blacks which developed when some white men from Charleston journeyed to Cainhoy to attend a Negro Republican meeting. The blacks fired upon the white men with guns they had hidden in a vault at St. Thomas churchyard.
The church, charming in its simplicity of design, is a uniquely beautiful example of a small, rural parish church of the early 1800s. The church, with its Classical Revival or late Federal features, is made of stucco over brick with a medium gable roof made of tile. A high-arched doorway with a fanlight capped by a five-panel arch is set between pilasters. The side facades are identical. A balcony above the inside door was added about 1858. In 1937 the church was restored by Henry F. Guggenheim. An unusual and distinctive auxiliary building is the vestry, with hipped roof on one end and chimney on the other, giving the appearance of a half-completed building. A cemetery dating from 1782 is included in the nomination. Listed in the National Register September 22, 1977. ( S.C. Dept. Of Archives and History )
 
Also see . . .  Touring South Carolina's Revolutionary War Sites By Daniel W. Barefoot, page 39. Richard Fordham grave (here) notes he served aboard frigate Randolph during the Revolution (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
St. Thomas Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 26, 2009
3. St. Thomas Church Marker
 
 
St. Thomas Church front Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 26, 2009
4. St. Thomas Church front
 
 
St. Thomas Church, rear Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 26, 2009
5. St. Thomas Church, rear
 
 
St. Thomas Church south view Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, September 26, 2009
6. St. Thomas Church south view
 
 
St. Thomas Church Photo, Click for full size
S.C. Dept. Of Archives and History, circa 1972
7. St. Thomas Church
 
 
St. Thomas Church Vestry Photo, Click for full size
S.C. Dept. Of Archives and History, circa 1972
8. St. Thomas Church Vestry
 
 
St. Thomas Church Photo, Click for full size
S.C. Dept. Of Archives and History, circa 1972
9. St. Thomas Church
National Register of Historical Places : White Church (added 1972 - Building - #72001193) Also known as The Brick Church;St. Thomas Episcopal Church 2 mi. N of Cainhoy on SR 8-98, Cainhoy Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown Architectural Style: No Style Listed Area of Significance: Religion, Politics/Government, Architecture Period of Significance: 1800-1824 Owner: Private Historic Function: Funerary, Religion Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure Current Function: Funerary, Religion Current Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,396 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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