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Jacksonboro in Colleton County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pon Pon Chapel

Serving the Community for Many Years

 
 
Pon Pon Chapel Marker and Medallion: image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 27, 2013
1. Pon Pon Chapel Marker and Medallion:
Colleton County
Saint Bartholomew
Award
2002
Historic Site
Preservation
Historic and Preservation Society
Inscription.  Here on the old stage coach road connecting Charleston to Savannah, the Anglican Pon Pon Chapel of Ease served the Jacksonborough community for many years. The parish of St. Bartholomew's was established in 1706, however its first minister, the Reverend Nathaniel Osborne, did not arrive until 1713. An act of the General Assembly provided for a Chapel of Ease in 1725 and Vestry ordered a brick building to replace the wooden chapel.

During a visit in April 1737, John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, preached twice at the chapel. (photo included) Wesley wrote in his diary about how impressed he was to have had so many from so far to hear his gospel.

Unfortunately, this church was burned during the American Revolution. According to some records, it was rebuilt between 1819 and 1822, (Picture included) and was used until 1832 when it was again destroyed by fire. The site is often referred to today as "The Burnt Church." No effort was made to rebuild the chapel.

Family members continued to use the cemetery. Buried in the cemetery are O'Brien Smith and Aedanus Burke. Smith,

Pon Pon Chapel ruins and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 27, 2013
2. Pon Pon Chapel ruins and Marker
the owner of Duharra Plantation, entertained George Washington in 1791 and both Smith and Burke served in the legislature.

(Photo of Pon Pon Chapel ruins prior to stabilization)
The chapel and four acres were deeded to the Colleton Historical Society in 1970 to celebrate the Tricentennial of South Carolina. With additional interest, the Society received a grant from S.C. Archives and History in 1975 to repair the wall of the chapel which had been severely damaged by hurricane Gracie in 1959. The Society in cooperation with others holds various events on the site throughout the year.

(Map of 1775 showing location of earliest St. Bartholomew's chapel on Chehaw)
 
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor series list.
 
Location. 32° 48.527′ N, 80° 29.397′ W. Marker is in Jacksonboro, South Carolina, in Colleton County. Marker is on Parkers Ferry Road. Located in the woods 0.1 miles northeast of Jacksonboro Road (State Road 15-40). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonboro SC 29452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this

John Wesley after the portrait by J.W. L. Forster image. Click for full size.
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3. John Wesley after the portrait by J.W. L. Forster
marker, measured as the crow flies. Ruins of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Issac Hayne (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fateful Choices - The Hanging Of Isaac Hayne (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bethel Presbyterian Church (approx. ¾ mile away); The Burial Site of Captain John Herbert Dent (approx. ¾ mile away); a different marker also named Pon Pon Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Battle Of Parker's Ferry (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Jacksonborough (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jacksonboro.
 
Postcard of c. 1796 watercolor of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease painted by Charles Fraser image. Click for full size.
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4. Postcard of c. 1796 watercolor of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease painted by Charles Fraser
Pon Pon Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
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5. Pon Pon Chapel Marker
(Map of 1775 showing location of earliest St. Bartholomew's chapel on Chehaw) image. Click for full size.
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6. (Map of 1775 showing location of earliest St. Bartholomew's chapel on Chehaw)
Pon Pon Chapel as seen today image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 27, 2013
7. Pon Pon Chapel as seen today
Pon Pon Chapel back side with cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
8. Pon Pon Chapel back side with cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 6, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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