St. Thomas Church – Cainhoy, South Carolina
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Built in 1819, St. Thomas Episcopal Church still stands on the banks of the Wando River near Cainhoy in Berkeley County. It was built at the site of an older, wooden church which was built about 1706, but destroyed in a forest fire. That original church was known to be the “French” parish because the surrounding area was a French Huguenot settlement in the early 1700s.
The church is made of stucco over brick and is a pristine example of small, rural parish churches of the early 1800s. A high-arched doorway with a fanlight capped by a five-panel arch is set between pilasters.
When it was an active church, it was also known as “The Brick Church,” distinguishing it from the original parish church. Tombstones in the cemetery date from 1782.
Many thanks to Brandon Coffey for submitting this photo to SCIWAY.