Church of the Holy Cross (Stateburg, South Carolina)

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Church of the Holy Cross
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Historic Church of the Holy Cross, High Hills of the Santee, Stateburg, built of rammed earth

SC 261, 335 N. Kings Hwy.

Stateburg, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°57′12″N 80°31′56″W / 33.9534°N 80.5322°W / 33.9534; -80.5322Coordinates: 33°57′12″N 80°31′56″W / 33.9534°N 80.5322°W / 33.9534; -80.5322
Built 1850-1852
Governing body Church of the Holy Cross
NRHP Reference # 73001732
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 7, 1973[1]
Designated NHL November 7, 1973[2]

The Church of the Holy Cross is an historic church built in the early 1850s in Stateburg, in the High Hills of Santee near Sumter, South Carolina. Located on land donated earlier by General Thomas Sumter, a resident of Stateburg, its walls were constructed of rammed earth. Across the road from the church is Borough House Plantation, the home of Dr. William Wallace Anderson, chairman of the committee that built the church. In 1820, Dr. Anderson had built his own house of rammed earth on the plantation. With its additional rammed earth outbuildings, the plantation complex is also a National Historic Landmark.

In 1973, Holy Cross was added to the National Register of Historic Places,[1] and was declared a National Historic Landmark.[2][2][3] Joel Roberts Poinsett and many other 19th century South Carolinians are buried in Holy Cross' historic churchyard.

The Church of the Holy Cross is still an active Anglican parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. The church still has its original Erben pipe organ installed in 1851.

An 18-month, $2.3 million restoration to repair extensive termite damage was completed late January 2010 under the then-rector the Rev. Fr. Thomas W. Allen.[4][5][6]

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