Prince William Parish Church (Old Sheldon Church Ruins)
Old Sheldon Church Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945
The Old Sheldon Church Ruins are the ruins of Prince William Parish Church – this greek revival-style church was built in the 1750’s by William Bull (owner of the adjacent Newberry Plantation) and had a tumultuous history. It sits alongside old Sheldon Church Road – just two miles off Highway 17 (referred to as the Charleston Highway along this stretch) in Beaufort County, SC.
There are stories floating around about the ruins being haunted, as well as reasonable concerns about weddings damaging such a sacred place (yes, folks get married their all of the time – see page 15 of the The Parish Church of St. Helena’s Wedding Booklet) – my suggestion is to go, walk softly, and think about 250 plus years of history. It’s a beautiful place.
US Department of the Interior National Register of Historic Places Registration Form
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
The Southerly – Old Sheldon Church Ruins