Our first visitor in our new location arrived from Minnesota for the weekend, just in time to miss the first snow storm of the year. We picked my daughter Sarah up at the airport in Charleston and spent the day exploring the beautiful city.
We walked around the harbor and the city for a couple hours and had some pork barbecue the South is famous for for lunch. Next stop was the Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street, Charles Towne's first church, built in 1681 within the walled city.
It's hard to get a photo of the front because it is blocked by trees. It's quite large and if you look closely you can see it extends way to the left behind the sign.
Charleston is known as the Holy City because of its history of religious tolerance and the many historical steeples that tower above the skyline. The steeples were also very useful landmarks for guiding ships into Charleston, one of the most important ports on the East Coast.
The current church was designed and built in 1804. The architect called for no steeple, and it was built that way. The lack of a steeple made the church the butt of jokes and drew so much derision a steeple was added in
From the back ...
In 1780, during the American Revolution, the church was hit by a British cannonball. Thirty-six of its prominent members were captured and sent as prisoners to St. Augustine, Florida and then to Philadelphia. During the occupation of Charleston, the British used the church as a hospital.
Entrance to the graveyard
"May Peace Prevail on Earth"
Each side of the signpost has the same words in different languages.
The oldest graves are from the 1690s.
Art Work from the Grave Markers,
"Symbols that tell the stories of the dead and how they were thought of by their survivors"
If I lived in Charleston I think this just might be my church!