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Near Sheldon in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ruins of Old Sheldon
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, January 2008
1. Ruins of Old Sheldon Marker
 
Inscription.
Ruins of Old Sheldon
Prince William's Parish Church

Built 1745-55. Burned 1779 by
British. Rebuilt 1826. Burned
1865 by Federal Army. Named for
ancestral home of the Bull family
in Warwickshire, England.
———
Annual Services
Second Sunday after Easter

 
Erected 1956 by Beaufort County Historical Society. (Marker Number 7-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Beaufort County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 32° 37.091′ N, 80° 46.866′ W. Marker is near Sheldon, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on Old Sheldon Church Road north of Bailey Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yemassee SC 29945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sheldon Union Academy (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Frampton Lines (approx. 5 miles away); " The Frampton Line " (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Battle of Pocotaligo (approx. 5.6 miles away); General Robert E. Lee (approx. 5.7 miles away); Combahee River Raid / Freedom Along The Combahee (approx. 6.1 miles away); Salkehatchie Presbyterian Church (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battle of Coosawhatchie (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 31, 2009
2. Ruins of Old Sheldon Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Sheldon Church. Beaufort County Churches (Submitted on January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Old Sheldon Church. More photos of the ruins, and a discussion of the Bull family and the surrounding community. (Submitted on January 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

3. Old Sheldon Church Ruins. An article on the history of the church. (Submitted on January 17, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

4. Photos of Sheldon Church ruins from the Churches of America Project. (Submitted on April 14, 2011, by Steven Hyatt of Charleston, South Carolina.)
 
Additional comments.
1. from article Beaufort County Churches
The red-brick ruins of Sheldon Church, are off U.S. 17 on Old Sheldon Church Road, was originally Prince William's Parish Church. The Anglican church was built on land donated by William Bull beginning in 1745, finished around 1755. Bull was buried there in 1755. The original was adorned with equestrian statue of Prince William under a porch supported by the four free-standing Doric columns, that still exist. The church was burned by the British 1779. c1825, the church was partially restored. The church was burned a second time in 1865 by troops commanded by Gen. John A. Logan, as part of Gen. William T. Sherman's march through South Carolina.
    — Submitted January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
 
"Sheldon Church Ruins" Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, January 31, 2009
3. "Sheldon Church Ruins"
National Register Historic Places # 70000562
 

2. National Register of Historical Places:
Sheldon Church Ruins ** (added 1970 - Site - #70000562)
Also known as Prince William`s Parish Church
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
Architectural Style: Greek Revival
Area of Significance: Architecture, Social History, Military, Politics/Government
Period of Significance: 1750-1799, 1850-1874, 1925-1949
Owner: Private
Historic Function: Funerary, Religion
Historic Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
Current Function: Funerary, Religion
Current Sub-function: Cemetery, Religious Structure
    — Submitted January 15, 2011.
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,7-SHELD,1-1 Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Buildings Survey
4. Ruins of Old Sheldon Historic American Engineering Record HABS SC,7-SHELD,1-1
 
 
Church of Prince William's Parish Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 2006
5. Church of Prince William's Parish
"Church of Prince William's Parish Known as SHELDON Built between 1745-1755 Burned by British Army 1779 Rebiult 1826 Burned by Federal Army 1865 Tablet Placed By Columbia Committee South Carolina Society Colonial Dames of America 1937"
 
 
Ruins Of Old Sheldon Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 2006
6. Ruins Of Old Sheldon
Today, all that stands of the old church are four brick columns and four exterior brick walls containing arched windows and doors. It stands as a true testament to the hardships and warfare that this state has experienced over its 300-year history. The cemetery contains the graves of those brave men who stood for freedom and independence, as well as many others who later followed their example. Several of the tombstones date to before 1700, making them some of the oldest in the state.
 
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott
7. Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church
 
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott
8. Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church
 
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott
9. Ruins of Old Sheldon Prince William's Parish Church
 
 
View from backside Photo, Click for full size
By Michael Stroud, June 2006
10. View from backside
 
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1940
11. Ruins of Old Sheldon
Historic American Engineering Record, HABS SC,7-SHELD,1-2
 
 
Grave of William Bull Photo, Click for full size
August 11, 2006
12. Grave of William Bull
William Bull of Sheldon
Born 1683
Son of Stephen Bull, the immigrant
Member of Colonial House of Common 1700-1719
Colonel of Berkley County Regiment, Tuscarora and Yemessee Wars
Lord's Proprietors Deputy 1719
Member and President of Council 1721-1737
Assisted in laying out of Savannah 1733
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina 1737-1744
Commissioner under the Church Act
He and his younger brothers, Burnaby and John Bull, were Commissioners for the building of Sheldon Church 1755
Died at Sheldon, March 21, 1755
His body lies buried here
 
 
Visiting Friends Photo, Click for full size
August 11, 2006
13. Visiting Friends
Friends
Who have come into our Church yard.
Please
Treat these sacred ruins, the gaves and grounds that surround them with the respectful reverence they deserve.
Let us
leave feeling Old Sheldon is not worse but better for our presence.
 
 
Ruins of Old Sheldon Photo, Click for full size
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1940
14. Ruins of Old Sheldon
Historic American Engineering Record,HABS SC,7-SHELD,1-3
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 4,655 times since then. Last updated on January 11, 2010, by David Bullard of Seneca, South Carolina. Photos:   1. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   2, 3. submitted on February 2, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on June 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7, 8, 9. submitted on April 26, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   10. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   12, 13. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   14. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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