Yemassee, South Carolina: Old Sheldon Church Ruins

If you're a fan of Southern Gothic imagery, go here. The empty walls of a ruined church, plus a graveyard, set among gnarled oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

Old Sheldon Church Rd, Yemassee, SC
I-95 exit 33. Drive east on US Hwy 17/Trask Pkwy for eight miles. Turn left (no stoplight) onto Old Sheldon Church Rd. Drive 1.5 miles. The church ruins are on the right side of the road, in the trees. There's a parking lot on the left side of the road.
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Church ruins.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Beautiful and worth the stop. The oak trees are gorgeous.

[Rose Howe, 05/22/2020]

During the Revolutionary War, in 1779, local Loyalists torched the church. But the belief persists it was burned 86 years later, in 1865, by evil Northern troops during the Civil War. A historical marker notes it "was actually dismantled by local freedman ca. 1865-67."

Church ruins.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

A wonderful stop if you're traveling on Hwy 17. If you're hungry, go on up to Yemassee and have lunch at Fletchers Cafe. Worth the 8 miles!

[Elaine, 11/12/2018]


Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Great place! It was only 10 minutes off of the highway. So glad that it is kept up and no vandals have gotten to it.

[Shanda Barrera, 03/10/2018]

Church ruins.

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

The ruins are a perfect place to take pictures. Venture to the ruins at night and experience a frightening good time!

[Yvette Pryor, 07/13/2017]

Daytime visitors should refrain from photobombing brides.


Old Sheldon Church Ruins

The brick ruins are of a church built in the mid-1700s, burned by the British in 1779, rebuilt, then destroyed again in the waning days and aftermath of the Civil War. Surrounded by trees overhung with Spanish moss, which lend even more eerie atmosphere to the desolation.

[M.A. Roberts, 10/18/2016]

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