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St Stephen’s Episcopal Church – St. Stephen, South Carolina


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St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, located in the rural Berkeley County town of St. Stephen, is one of only 125 colonial churches of the Episcopal faith still open for regular services in the United States.

Elizabeth Carroll of St. Stephen, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The photo above, taken from the southwestern side of the surrounding churchyard cemetery, gives visitors their first glimpse of the church. As you follow the dirt road, your eyes focus on the double door, slightly ajar, inviting you in for a closer examination. St. Stephen’s is a fine example of a small, Georgian, country chapel. Standing in stately simplicity for over 240 years, it is a true treasure of Berkeley County.

St. Stehphen's Episcopal Interior

Don Fraser of Seneca, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

General Francis Marion‘s brother, his nephew, and many of his comrades played roles in the construction of St Stephen’s. Although there is no written record to verify this, it is probably safe to assume that General Marion himself worshiped here occasionally.

St. Stephen's Episcopal

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was completed in 1769, but regular services were discontinued in 1808. Nevertheless, St. Stephen’s was well maintained throughout the nineteenth century, which allowed services to easily resume in 1932.

St. Stephen Episcopal Pulpit

Don Fraser of Seneca, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The cedar pulpit seen above is said to have been modeled for the one in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.

St. Stpehen's Berkeley County

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks and is one of only 76 National Landmarks in South Carolina.

St Stephen’s Episcopal Church Info


Address: 196 Brick Church Circle, St. Stephen, SC 29479
Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/StStephens-Episcopal-Church-of-StStephen-SC/129841440415478

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3 Comments about St Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Sharon F. CoreyNo Gravatar says:
March 26th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Elizabeth Jane White Hood is listed on Find A Grave at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19641328

Ed DavisNo Gravatar says:
July 12th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I’m researching my great-grandparents’ origins and understand that they, along with perhaps some of their children, may be buried in the Church Cemetery. Their names are Abraham Joseph Hood (4/4/1865 – 6/16/1921) and Marrie Byrdic Hood (3/14/1881 – 10/1-1949). Children’s names are Wayne Muller Hood (10/15/1908 stillborn), Clinton Adair Hood (11/9/1898 – 9/20/1909), Bessie Hood Hood (3/3/1915 – 3/15/1915), Elizabeth Jane White Hood (?/?/? – 8/28/1921). I would like to know if there are any church records confirming their burials and how I might access them. Thank you, Ed Davis

JP Saleeby, MDNo Gravatar says:
June 16th, 2013 at 11:46 am

The famous Dr. Francis Peyre Porcher, MD, LLD was buried here in 1895. He was a well know herbalist and leader in the CSA medical corps. He was assigned by the Surgeon General of the Confederate Medical corps (Dr. Sam P. Moore) to pen a book on regional herbs and plants for the Confederacy to utilize as the blockade during the Civil War by the North was hurting efforts to supply needed medication for the Southern effort. He went on to do great things post-war as well. MUSC (teaching hospital in Charleston, SC) has a living memorial garden to Dr. Porcher.

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