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St. Philip's Church

  • 142 Church St. Map It
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Published 10/28/2015

Fodor's Review

Founded around 1680, St. Philip's didn't move to its current site until the 1720s, becoming one of the three churches that gave Church Street its name. The first building in this location (where George Washington worshipped in 1791) burned down in 1835 and was replaced with the Corinthian-style structure seen today. A shell that exploded in the churchyard while services were being held one Sunday during the Civil War didn't deter the minister from finishing his sermon (the congregation gathered elsewhere for the remainder of the war). Amble through the churchyards, where notable South Carolinians such as John C. Calhoun are buried. If you want to tour the church, call ahead, as open hours depend upon volunteer availability.

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142 Church St., Charleston, South Carolina, 29401, United States

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  • Churchyard weekdays 9–4

Published 10/28/2015


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