Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston

Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston

The Unitarian Church in Charleston claims to be the oldest Unitarian church in the Southern USA. In any case, it is the second oldest church in downtown Charleston. Its construction began in 1772 when the Society of Dissenters (now known as the Circular Congregational Church) needed more space than its Meeting Street location could provide. It was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War began, finally being repaired and officially dedicated in 1787. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973. The interior is amazing with painted glass windows. The church is active and it also has an interesting garden and a graveyard.

Why You Should Visit:
The sanctuary is lovely; the intentionally overgrown cemetery (free to visit if gates are open) is a serene place to stroll or sit and reflect.
Pathways are well kept while maintaining the wild beauty that draws you in.

Tip:
Make sure you swing through the church itself when docents are available – they put on a pretty great tour and are very helpful for other recommendations for things to do in town.

Opening Hours:
[Church Tours] Fri, Sat: 10am-1pm; Sun: 12:30-3pm (Sep through mid-June)
[Churchyard] Mon-Thu: 8am-4pm; Fri-Sun: 9am-5pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

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Unitarian Church in Charleston on Map

Sight Name: Unitarian Church in Charleston
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Religious
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