St. Helena Chapel of Ease

St. Helena Chapel of Ease ruins

During the Colonial period, chapels of ease were constructed by rice and cotton planters as houses of worship because their plantations were located so far from the churches in Beaufort. This tabby walled church was constructed between 1742 and 1747 for the planters of St. Helena Island.

The church was virtually abandoned when the planters evacuated the island in the fall of 1861. During the Federal occupation of St. Helena, the church was used frequently by several of the Northerners who had come to the island to educate and train the freedmen. It was also used as a sanctuary by Methodist freedmen as early as 1868.

A forest fire destroyed most of it in 1886. All that remain today are its tabby ruins and an adjacent cemetery. They were added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 6, 1988.

Published by Gloria P. Humphrey

Gloria Humphrey is a authorprenuer, poet and historian.

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