I lived in the Lowcountry area for 6 years and kind of knew about Old Sheldon, but I never took it upon myself to actually drive up from Savannah and visit it in South Carolina. Photographers flocked to it to do sessions there, couples used it as a backdrop for their wedding, tourists visited it on the way to Charleston, and even families used it for their outdoor family reunions. But for some weird reason, I just never took the time to visit. Strange, right?
My visit occurred on a beautiful day when I was just passing through the area on the way to a family event in North Carolina. It was quite by accident that I happened to visit because it was not planned – a truly spontaneous moment where I randomly saw the small little sign notifying drivers of it’s existence nearby. I actually passed it but turned around because I knew I just HAD to visit and experience it!
After a short drive from the main road, the car got parked on the side of the road and I stepped back in time to this lovely patch of land surrounded by giant live oak trees dripping in Spanish moss. Although it has been battered, burned, and all that remains are walls and columns, one cannot help but fall in love with this beautiful landmark. I can imagine how the weather would alter the mood of the site – when I visited, it was perfect spring, sunny weather so my visit felt so ethereal and I was in awe. If it was moody and rainy, this church could seem a bit eerie and gloomy.
What a beautiful Lowcountry treasure Old Sheldon Church Ruins turned out to be and I definitely recommend a visit if you are nearby Savannah and Charleston. There is very limited parking on the side of the road but it is free to visit. AND It is the perfect spot for a picnic!
What are you waiting for?
Have you ever been to this low country treasure? I would love to know your experience!
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