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Old Stone Church – Clemson, South Carolina

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The historic Old Stone Church in Clemson has been a fixture of the landscape for over 200 years. Built in 1802, Old Stone Church is one of the older structures remaining in Upstate South Carolina. Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens, namesake of Pickens County, and his son Governor Andrew Pickens, Jr. are buried here.

Old Stone Church in Clemson

Gary Dubose of Seneca, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Stone Church Cemetery

Bob Spalding of Easley, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written

Old Stone Church is listed in the National Register, which describes it as follows:

The Old Stone Church is significant architecturally as a masonry adaptation of meeting house architecture and as a representative of the early pioneer church in South Carolina. Many prominent men are buried in its cemetery. On October 13, 1789, the congregation of Hopewell-Keowee Church asked to be taken into the Presbytery of South Carolina. Construction of the Old Stone Church began in 1797, replacing the congregation’s log meeting house that had burned. The natural fieldstone rectangular structure with medium gable roof was completed in 1802. It is six bays deep with high fenestration. The windows are the size of its doorways, all of which are topped with a flat arch. Exterior stairs lead to the slave gallery at the rear of the church. During the 1890s, the Old Stone Church and Cemetery Commission was organized, a wall put around the graveyard, and repairs made to preserve the old building.

Old Stone Church

Bob Spalding of Easley, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Grave of Eliza Huger

Pictured below is the grave of Eliza Huger in the cemetery of the Old Stone Church. As photographer Ann Helms explains, “There are numerous legends about Eliza, but little has been confirmed about how she lived and died. The most often told tale is that Eliza was born to an important Charleston family, and she ran away from home to New Orleans. Two of her brothers followed to bring her home. Finding her in a house of prostitution (with a client), they shot her dead.”

Eliza Huger's grave at Old Stone Church Cemetery

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

“Upon returning her body to South Carolina, no church would allow her to be buried in its cemetery. Finally, she was allowed to be buried by the Old Stone Church, provided a wall was built around the grave to keep her sinful spirit in. Over the years, the wall kept falling apart and new repairs never lasted long. Lightning has also struck the grave numerous times, obliterating all words except Brothers Sorrow. To this day, people toss coins onto the grave for good luck. But if someone takes a coin, well, watch out!”

Old Stone Church Info

Address: 101 Stone Circle, Clemson, SC 29631
Website: http://oldstonechurchsc.com/

Old Stone Church Map

Old Stone Church – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Old Stone Church, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

5 Comments about Old Stone Church

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
January 17th, 2014 at 5:19 am

Hi, Pam. Here is a link to the Old Stone Church: http://oldstonechurchsc.com/. Hopefully your questions can be answered there. Best of luck!

Pam FreemanNo Gravatar says:
January 16th, 2014 at 4:26 pm

We attended a wedding at the Old Stone Church 10 years ago. Is this church still available for weddings?

April MucekenfussNo Gravatar says:
September 29th, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I am interested in getting copies of some the churches on your site. Is it possible to get copies from you direct or notify the different photographers? Thanks so much.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 29th, 2011 at 8:36 am

Hi Robert! We’re not sure about who specifically is buried in the Old Stone Church’s graveyard, but a good place to start looking for the answer would be our Pickens County genealogy page. Here you can find links to many websites that offer information about family history, cemeteries, archives, etc. Hope this helps! – SCIWAY

Robert McCayNo Gravatar says:
March 28th, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Is there any chance of knowing if Daniel McCay is one of the builders of the church? I understand he may be buried in an unmarked grave there in the cemetery. My great-great grandfather Martin Stanley McCay was christened in the church in the early 1800s.



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