Georgetown, SC was our stop for the first night of our vacation but before going to the hotel, we drove through Georgetown to the ruins of Prince Frederick’s Chapel. The chapel is a few miles out of Georgetown in Plantersville. It feels quite remote when driving there. There is nothing but the facade still standing but it is still a majestic looking building.
“Prince Frederick’s Episcopal Church – Begun in 1859 and completed in 1876, Prince Frederick’s Chapel played a vital role in the religious life of the Pee Dee settlers in the latter half of the 19th century. With the decline of the rice economy, parishioners migrated to the more densely populated urban areas and the church suffered from the lack of maintenance. The ruins of the chapel are all that remain of what once was a striking example of Gothic Revival architecture in South Carolina. Although the buttresses and pinnacles place it in the mainstream of Gothic architecture, the rounded arches, purity of design, and understated decorative elements exhibit a feeling for classical forms. The body of the church, declared unsafe and destroyed in 1966, was originally rectangular in plan and had four narrow arched windows on the side elevations. The only portion which remains today is the west façade with the steeple tower. The tower is divided into three sections. Adjacent to the church grounds is a cemetery which includes numerous examples of 19th-century grave markers. Listed in the National Register August 28, 1974“. (source: National Register)It is said that construction of the church was begun in 1859, but screeched to a halt when the lead architect Mr. Gunn slipped on the steep roof and fell to his death. Folks have seen Mr. Gunn’s ghost around the ruins of the church and tower and heard his scream, and locals say they’ve seen lights moving in the upper portion of the tower at night–although that bit of the tower is inaccessible. Some say a ghostly church choir can be heard on the grounds. (source: haunted places)
It was rainy, dreary and foggy when we arrived but I’m happy to say that all we saw was the ruins of the old church and cemetery. They are quite interesting, I might add. 🙂 Notice that there are trees growing out of the top.
As you can tell, I am having a problem “getting in the groove” with my posts. I will try to post more regularly. I know some of you are waiting for the birds and wildlife that I saw. Next post will be Georgetown, SC photos.