Historic South Carolina Churches and Synagogues

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Historic Churches Charleston, South Carolina

Nowhere are the events, faith and lives of South Carolina families better documented than in historic South Carolina churches, synagogues and cemeteries. 

Visit such remarkable South Carolina churches and synagogues as the first separate African-American congregation established in the Palmetto State after the Civil War, the second oldest synagogue in the country, and the site of the “Mother Church of the Province” established in 1670 - known as the Lighthouse Church for the light that was placed in its steeple to help guide ships to port.

Use the search below to discover everything from historic 16th century churches in Charleston to the burial site of a captain during the War of 1812 in Jacksonboro.
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Calvary Baptist Church
Built 1859, original furniture and plates in use.
Camp Welfare A.M.E. Church
The church, like many in the South, was started after the Civil War as a brush arbor church. The annual religious and fellowship service or "camp meeting," is held in...
Carmel Church
Considered the oldest Presbyterian Church in the Historic Pendleton District, this church traces its formation to the mid1700s. The present church was completed in 1856 and built with handmade bricks....
Carmel United Presbyterian Church
Organized in 1868 by Rev. Samuel Loomis during the Chester Mission, Carmel was a worship center for the students and faculty of Brainerd Institute. It\'s programs continue to focus on...
Cathedral of St Luke & St Paul
Completed in 1815 and consecrated a year later, this was the first of the Episcopal churches in the area to be consecrated by an American Bishop. The building was in...
Cathedral Of St. John The Baptist
The land on which The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist stands was originally purchased in 1821 by our first bishop, The Rt. Rev. John England of Co. Cork, Ireland....
Catholic Presbyterian
The present brick church, the third on this site, was completed in 1842 by David Lyle. The congregation was established in 1759 and is believed to be one of the...
Central Baptist Church
Thought to be one of the first churches founded and built solely by African Americans in Charleston, Central was designed by black architect John P. Hutchinson and completed in 1893....
Chapel Of Ease
During the Colonial period, chapels of ease were constructed by rice and cotton planters as houses of worship because their plantations were located so far from the churches in Beaufort....
Charleston Strolls Walking Tour
Guide takes you on a fascinating stroll with stories and traditions revealing Charleston\'s rich history and colorful past. Enjoy the "Old South" on your leisurely stroll through the city. Meander...

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