William Wordsworth drew inspiration from the ruins at Tintern Abbey in Britain. The Old Sheldon Church has this kind of impact when you see it in person—breathtaking, picturesque, and peaceful. The Church was built in the mid 18th century by William Bull whose Newberry Plantation bordered the church grounds.
During the Revolutionary War, Sheldon Church was set on fire and rebuilt in the remaining walls in 1826. Thirty-nine years later, Sherman’s troops burned the church for a second time, and it was never repaired again.
After Sherman’s army left, the people in the surrounding towns gutted the inside of the church to rebuild their own homes.
Visit these beautiful ruins and see a piece of Beaufort history.
Visit South Carolina’s Information Highway to find directions to the Old Sheldon Church.