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SCIWAY News No. 83 – March 2010

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  1. SC Picture of the Month – Barnwell Church of the Holy Apostles
  2. South Carolina's March Events

SC Picture of the Month – Barnwell Church of the Holy Apostles

The Church of the Holy Apostles stands as one of the last surviving antebellum structures in Barnwell. The town was decimated by Sherman's march, and the church itself was used as a stable for Union horses.

Barnwell Church of the Holy Apostles

The Church of the Holy Apostles was constructed between 1856 and 1857 with donations from its newly-established congregation and from St. Michael's Church in Charleston.

It is known for its historic bell and magnificent stained-glass windows. Though most of the original panes were either shot or beaten in by the bayonets of Union soldiers, church members were able to remove the beautiful eastern window and bury it before the invading army arrived. This window was returned after the war, and the panes of the broken windows were repaired.

(Legend holds that the church's Communion silver, executed by Charles Tiffany himself, was likewise protected from Sherman's men – in this case by suspending it down a nearby well.)

The bell was a gift from Civil War refugee James Bolen, who came to Barnwell from nearby Jasper County and who selected the bell's large size so it could be heard by each family in the congregation, regardless of where they lived. Originally, the bell continued to ring until all members arrived. Today, the bell is rung once for each of the apostles – minus Judas.

Many noted men and women are buried in the church cemetery, including SC Governor Johnson Hagood. The church has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1972.

SCIWAY extends a special thanks to Melissa Roberts for contributing this picture, taken in February 2010 during a rare statewide snowfall.

South Carolina's March Events

As always, please be sure to check out our complete March calendar. Also, remember that all of our event calendars, for every month of the year, are available on SCIWAY's website 24/7/365 – just go to http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
Spring is nearly here!

Consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast, the Summerville Flowertown Festival has been a South Carolina tradition since 1971. The three-day event features over 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the country who display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of Azalea Park and on Main Street. Attendees also enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and fun activities and rides for children at the Children's Jubilee.

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