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863 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island, SC, US, 29920

  • Phone: (843) 838-5022
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    St Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins

    S.C. Sec. Road 45
    St. Helena Island, SC 29920
    +1 843 290 2158

    After the Yemassee Indian War of 1715, the permanent settlement of St. Helena Island was able to begin. The Anglican church constructed the Chapel of Ease in 1748 as an auxiliary of St. Helena Episcopal Church. It was so named because settlers and their families could conveniently use it for religious and social purposes during the colonial period. Because of the island's isolation from the rest of the country, the island community did not suffer as much during the Revolutionary War. However, after 1790 the rich soil of the land produced highly valued sea island cotton, the next prized crop after indigo. It became a major commercial crop that was shipped to England. This brought great wealth to the planters who built huge mansions. The four chapel walls built of tabby are all that remain. There is small cemetery nearby. If visiting during the summer, bring insect spray. The site is well worth visiting for its historic significance. It is open from sunrise to sunset daily. -Natasha Lawrence




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