St. James-Santee Episcopal Church – McClellanville, South Carolina
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This photo shows the St James-Santee Episcopal Church in McClellanville, built as a chapel-of-ease around 1890. The Church of England had established parishes in coastal South Carolina since the early 1700s but this “chapel of ease” was built in the late 1800s to accommodate the growing rice planter population in the McClellanville area.
The church is framed with native longleaf pine and cypress wood. The roof and exterior sidewalls are covered with black cypress shingles which were individually shaped with a handsaw.
St. James-Santee Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register as part of the McClellanville Historic District, which says the following about the area:
The McClellanville Historic District contains a collection of approximately 105 residential, commercial, religious and educational properties dating from ca. 1860 to ca. 1935. This collection is architecturally significant as an illustration of the founding of a pineland resort village and its development into a small but stable year-round commercial fishing village. McClellanville begin in the late 1850s as a summer retreat for St. James Santee and Georgetown planters.
The prevailing vernacular forms, especially the central hall farmhouse, predominated in early McClellanville architecture, although the more fashionable architectural styles began to receive attention and can be seen throughout the town: Carpenter Gothic, Queen Anne, and Italianate with a rare Colonial Revival example. The commercial strip developed in the early 20th century and are of frame construction built directly on the road. The historic district is visually unified by the nearly ubiquitous wooden frame construction, by the consistent scale of the house, lots, and their relation to the banks of the creek, by the tremendous live oak trees that permeate the town, and by the relative absence of contemporary commercial intrusions.
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Address: 144 Oak Street, McClellanville, SC 29458
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