Zion Chapel of Ease – Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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The cemetery with its historic Baynard Mausoleum is all that remains of the Zion Chapel of Ease on Hilton Head Island. The chapel was built around 1786 as part of the Episcopal St. Luke’s Parish, which was established in 1767 and included what are now Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. The Zion Chapel of Ease was built to accomodate islanders who were inconvenienced by boat travel to the parish’s primary church, St. Luke’s, on the mainland (Bluffton).

Baynard Tomb

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Within the cemetery are the remains of four Revolutionary War patriots, including Charles Devant, who was ambushed and killed near this site by Captain Martinangel’s Royalist militia in 1781.

Baynard Cemetery

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Members of the local William E. Baynard family were once interred in the mausoleum, but their remains have since been moved. The mausoleum was built in 1846 and is the oldest remaining structure on Hilton Head Island.

Baynard Mausoleum

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The grounds of the Zion Chapel of Ease and cemetery sit along Mathews Drive, named for the chapel’s first permanent priest. Reverend Philip Mathews arrived to the island in 1811 and served as the St. Luke’s Parish rector until 1828.

Zion Cemetery

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Union troops occupied the area during the Civil War in 1862, including the chapel, and residents were forced to flee to the mainland. By 1868, nothing of the Zion Chapel of Ease remained other than its cemetery.

Zion Chapel Of Ease

Mike Stroud of Bluffton, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Zion Chapel of Ease Info

Address: Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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MelindaNo Gravatar says:
September 16th, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Has anyone ever heard whistling in the cemetery?

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