08 September 2012

Church Photo in Lieu of Attendance - Pon Pon Chapel of Ease

Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, Jacksonboro, S.C.
Pon Pon Chapel is a beautiful spot. I've never seen anyone else there but in truth it is protected by such giant and ferocious mosquitoes that make it pretty much a click a photo and run place. The mosquitoes are so big I was surprised they didn't show up in the picture. This is where they should test insect repellant.

It is a lovely, peaceful place on a quiet country road. SCIWay has a good write up on the chapel. All that is left is the facade, brick ruins and small historic cemetery.

National Registry Property: The chapel site was located on Parker’s Ferry Road, the busy stagecoach thoroughfare that connected Charleston and Savannah. In 1754, a brick chapel was erected to replace the earlier wooden structure. This brick chapel burned in ca.1801, causing Pon Pon Chapel to become subsequently known as the Burnt Church. The chapel was rebuilt between 1819 and 1822, and was in use until 1832 when it was again reduced to ruins. The façade of Pon Pon Chapel had a central, rounded arched entrance flanked by rounded arched windows on either side, all constructed in a brickwork pattern of one stretcher alternating with two headers. The two round windows in the façade’s upper level utilized the same brickwork pattern. The walls were constructed in Flemish bond. The chapel’s historical significance is due in part to Rev. John Wesley preaching two sermons here on April 24, 1737 and for its burial ground that contains the remains of Congressmen Aedanus Burke and O’Brien Smith, in addition to numerous local leaders. Listed in the National Register January 5, 1972.