Ruins of the Old Sheldon Church

© John G. Clifford Jr

<b>Ruins of the Old Sheldon Church</b>

Uploaded: January 01, 2009


ISO 100, Sigma 18-50/2.8 EX DG @ 18mm, 1/160 @ f/5.6, post-processed in Adobe Elements 3.0

Built before the Revolutionary War, burned by the British in 1779, rebuilt in 1826 only to be burned again by the Union Army during the Civil War and then abandoned. I happened upon the site after noticing a historical marker off of a country road while driving through the South Carolina lowlands to Beaufort, and had no idea what lay just out off sight in the trees.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 18.00 mm, Model: SIGMA SD14


Sirsendu Gayen January 01, 2009

Wonderful composition,pov and details.Lovely information too.happy New Year. #1059755

Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict January 01, 2009

Great image and info here, John.
Happy New Year!!!!

Dominick #6965549

Ron McEwan January 01, 2009

Good for you John, a man after my heart. We do the same running around in the back country roads trying to find something different. This is well captured here, great sharp crisp detail. And the history makes it even more interesting. Thanks! #6966015

John G. Clifford Jr January 05, 2009

Thanks, everyone! Happy New Year! #6987599

Peter W. Marks January 26, 2009

I do like images with enough information to lead me to Google the location and do a virtual exploration.
What was interesting in this case was that every website echoed the detail of the church having been burned by the Brits(sorry guys we aren't proud of this)and then after being rebuilt, burned again by Gen.Sherman's troops. However, on this site
it mentions that a letter was found, written the year after the second incident that says it was not burned but gutted of all useful material, door, windows etc. Interesting!
Thanks for sharing John. #7091102

John G. Clifford Jr January 27, 2009

I can believe the site was gutted/looted, but I also can believe it was burned afterwards. If it had just been gutted, the roof would have been left on... can you imagine how hard it would be to get the roof off, and remember this is after the North had been through and there were no slaves to make do the hard work. The fact that there is absolutely no trace of the roof left leads me to believe that it was burned.

I have to wonder how many more relics like this exist throughout the Carolina lowlands... I'm sure there are several. One day I'd like to go and explore and make a gallery of all of the ruins I find. #7094815

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