Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort

Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort (must see)

Established in 1712 as a colonial parish of the Church of England, the Parish Church of St. Helena is among the oldest churches in North America and is a contributing property to the Beaufort Historic District.

The Parish Church of St. Helena is a remarkable example of colonial Georgian architecture, with its west facade showcasing the Federal style. Notably, the church's imposing west end steeple, designed by Albert Simons, was added in 1942, providing a striking architectural feature. It is worth noting that the church did not have a steeple between 1817 and 1942. The stately exterior of the historic church is adorned with iconic white pillared columns, lending an air of grandeur to its presence.

Adjacent to the church lies a churchyard of immense historical significance. This hallowed ground is the final resting place of many of Beaufort's founding fathers, including Colonel John Barnwell, also known as Tuscarora Jack, who played a pivotal role in the Tuscarora and Yemassee Wars. Additionally, two British officers who fell during the Battle of Port Royal and two Confederate officers find their eternal rest here, further connecting the church to the tapestry of American history.

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Sight Name: Parish Church of St. Helena
Sight Location: Beaufort, USA (See walking tours in Beaufort)
Sight Type: Religious
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