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St. Stephen in Berkeley County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 
St. Stephens Episcopal Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, 2010
1. St. Stephens Episcopal Church Marker
 
Inscription. (Marker Front)
St. Stephen’s, built 1767-69, is a fine example of the rural churches built in the S.C. lowcountry before the Revolution. “The Church is one of the handsomest Country Churches in So. Ca. and would be no mean ornament in Charleston,” the Rev. Frederick Dalcho wrote in his 1808 history of S.C. Episcopalians.

(Marker Reverse)
Essentially Georgian in style, St. Stephen’s features a gambrel roof with curvilinear gables and ornate interior woodwork such as its high pulpit. Services were suspended many times over the years. The church was last restored and regular services resumed in 1955. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
 
Erected 2004 by The Berkeley County Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-34.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 33° 24.346′ N, 79° 55.011′ W. Marker is in St. Stephen, South Carolina, in Berkeley County. Marker is on Church Road (State Road 45) near Brick Church Circle Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Stephen SC 29479, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Marker reverse side Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
2. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Marker reverse side
 
7 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. L. Mendel Rivers House (about 500 feet away, in a direct line); St. Stephen Colored School / St. Stephen High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Stephens Veterans Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); DeWitt Williams Bridge (approx. 2.3 miles away); Thomas Walter (approx. 4.6 miles away); Maham Plantation (approx. 6.2 miles away); Berkeley County (approx. 6.5 miles away); Village of Pineville (approx. 6.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Stephen.
 
Regarding St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. St. Stephen’s Church, erected in 1767-1769, is an excellent and well-preserved example of a small Georgian brick country parish church constructed on a rectangular plan. The structure exhibits unusual architectural pretensions, because it includes a high gambrel roof with Jacobean curvilinear gables, exterior Doric pilasters, and an ornamented tray ceiling. In order to incorporate an ornamented tray ceiling, the high gambrel roof used here is uncommonly heavy and the Palladian window over the altar is too small. The walls are laid in Flemish bond. Doors and windows have fanlights above and are topped by segmental brick arches.

Francis Villepontoux and A. Howard provided the brick and acted as architects; William Axson was the master mason. The initials of these men are cut into the brickwork. St. Stephen’s was incorporated in 1788 and regular services were discontinued in 1808. Twice, however, the building was repaired during the 19th century and thus saved from destruction. In 1932 the church was again reopened for regular worship. Listed in the National Register April 15, 1970. Designated a National Historic Landmark April 15, 1970. (South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
St. Stephen's Church Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
3. St. Stephen's Church
National Register of Historic Places: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church *** (added 1970 - Building - #70000570)
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21,1935,
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating or illustrating
the history of the United States
U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1970
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
4. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
National Register Plaque seen at left of doorway
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church , west side ,and cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
5. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church , west side ,and cemetery
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Marker seen from Church Road (State Road 45) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
6. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and Marker seen from Church Road (State Road 45)
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Photo, Click for full size
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1970
7. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church , interior Photo, Click for full size
S.C. Dept. of Archives and History, circa 1970
8. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church , interior
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
9. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery
Wainwright I.
Giggleman
Dec. - 1838
Oct. 31, 1922
Co. K 10 S.C. Inf. C.S.A.
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
10. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery
Edward Shirer
Co. L
2 S.C. Inf.
Sp.Am.War
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
11. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Cemetery
United States House of Representatives
L.Mendel Rivers
 
 
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Marker, looking west along Church Road (State Road 45) Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, March 30, 2010
12. St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Marker, looking west along Church Road (State Road 45)
 
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