St. Helena’s Church – Beaufort, South Carolina


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St. Helena’s Episcopal Church is located at 505 Church Street in historic downtown Beaufort. While the congregation dates back to 1712, the church was not completed until 1724. It is one of the oldest active churches in the country.

St. Helena's Church

Sandy Dimke of Beaufort, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Parish Church also manages the ruins at Chapel of Ease on St. Helena’s and Old Sheldon Church near Yemassee. Both historic sites have long been favorite spots to hosts weddings in South Carolina.

St Helena Church Beaufort

Sue Jarrett of Beaufort, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More About St. Helena’s Episcopal Church


Sue Jarrett, a Beaufort resident who shared one of the photos above, adds additional insight into St. Helena’s: “St. Helena Episcopal Church, now known as the Parish Church of St. Helena, was founded in 1712 by the Church of England and built in 1724. After the American Revolution it became part of the newly formed Protestant Episcopal Church. It was expanded and remodeled for many years, and now still looks like it did in 1842. In 1861 it was used as a hospital for black Northern troops.”

St. Helena’s Church Info


Address: 505 Church Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Website: http://www.sthelenas1712.org/

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2 Comments about St. Helena’s Church

norma loperNo Gravatar says:
January 19th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I’m looking for my ancestors: John Sams was my great, great, great grandfather, and I would like more information about him if its possible. You could send me some information, if any, to the email provided. I really will appreciate it. Sincerely, Norma Jean Loper. Thank you for your time.

Mike StroudNo Gravatar says:
November 1st, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Among the notables buried in the church yard are two British Revolutionary officers and three American generals. The oldest marked grave is dated 1724.






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