28 November 2009

Rural Churches of South Carolina





























I'm a little stunned at the extent of my own collection of these rural jewels. Aren't they beautiful? You can imagine the kind of passenger I am squealing for a driver to stop when I glimpse the white siding of an old chapel in the woods.

The train depot one is in Yemassee, the cabins are the church camp above Ridgeville. I'll get around to naming them at some point but right now my personal assignment was to pull the shots from various albums for you. Enjoy!


11 comments:

  1. My goodness, Joan. These are incredible! You really ought to do something with them, like make copies for the local historical society, or for the respective church bodies involved. The photos are wonderful. I'm actually rather stunned by your collection. I love to photograph rural churches, too, but your work is so impressive!

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  2. INCREDIBLE. I can't believe how many you have posted that I have missed. (My BAD!!) These are simply incredible. The first one takes first prize but then I scroll and the ones in ruins are equally as incredible. # 5 is also in the running for my favorite. No kidding, the first one is "blue ribbon"...for subject, lighting and composition. (You can post these "in lieu of" ANYTIME you so desire!!)

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  3. Thank you gentlemen. I like that first one as well. It was a very special spot.

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  4. I see a book in your future!!

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  5. Fantastic, Joan! Which is the old brown one, do you remember? My family's was Stoney Creek Chapel in McPhersonville which I think I saw in here somewhere. They used it as the Black Church for the movie Forest Gump. You are a wonderful photographer.

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  6. charlotte - It is called Halfway Creek Church. It is in Berkeley County and you can google the location. It is in pretty bad shape now. Thank you!

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  7. Anonymous8:43 AM

    Great photos/ Thanks for posting.
    Curt Loftis

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  8. Anonymous9:23 AM

    You should take a picture of Carolina Presbyterian Church in Dillon County. Very old church first established by Gaelic-speaking Scots. Some of the descendants of those first families are still members of the church.

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