Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church – Georgetown, South Carolina
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Bricks for the church were collected as early as 1740, though the cornerstone was not laid until 1745. Construction was completed two years later and the first service was held on August 16, 1747.
The church is constructed from English red bricks held together with local oyster shell mortar. While the design is typical of many colonial churches, it does have several notable features including English stained glass windows and a Jacobean gable.
The church’s interior is lined with traditional box pews and features hand-carved woodwork and flagstone flooring. The church was severely damaged during the Revolutionary War but received repairs and several additions in 1809. The tower and steeple were not added until 1824.
Several notable South Carolinians, including Governor Robert Francis Withers Allston, are buried in the church’s cemetery.
Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register as part of the Georgetown Historic District, which says the following:
Third oldest city in South Carolina, Georgetown is significant historically, militarily, agriculturally and architecturally. Georgetown was laid out as a city in 1729. In 1735 Georgetown was conveyed to three trustees. A plan of the city was attached to the deed and was the first plan to be preserved. Included in the plan were 174.5 acres for the town and 100 acres for a commons. The town acreage was divided into blocks by five streets running at right angles to the river. Much physical evidence of the past remains. The oldest existing structure in Georgetown is a dwelling which dates from ca. 1737. There are approximately twenty-eight additional 18th century structures as well as eighteen buildings erected during the 19th century prior to the Civil War. The existing structures—homes, churches, public buildings—are of both historical and architectural significance and are situated on heavily shaded, wide streets. The architecture ranges from the simplicity of early colonial, or Georgian, to the elaborate rice plantation era, such as Classical Revival.
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Address: 300 Broad Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
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