Strawberry Chapel – Cordesville, South Carolina
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Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Strawberry Chapel, built in 1725, is the only remaining structure from the Childsbury settlement. It is located in Berkeley County at Cordesville. In 1705, Childbury was one of the first towns to be laid out by Englishmen arriving in the Carolina colony. It was named after James Child, who operated a Cooper River ferry at the site.
Strawberry Chapel was built to make it easier for the people of Childbury to attend church without traveling to the parish church, which was 10 miles away in the direction of Moncks Corner. This chapel of ease was unusual in that the sacrament of baptism and funeral services, functions usually reserved for the full parish churches, were regularly performed here.
The chapel is a brick structure, covered with stucco. There is a decorative rosette window high on the front and back walls. Several times a year, services are still conducted in this historical setting.
SCIWAY thanks photographer Ann Helms for providing much of the historical information.