St. James Episcopal Church (Santee, South Carolina)
St. James Church, Santee
St. James Episcopal Church, Santee
|Nearest city||Georgetown, South Carolina|
|NRHP Reference #||70000581|
|Added to NRHP||April 15, 1970|
|Designated NHL||April 15, 1970|
St. James Church, Santee, also known as St. James Episcopal Church, Santee, is a historic church located in a remote portion of Francis Marion National Forest in Charleston County, South Carolina. Built in 1768, it is a remarkably sophisticated expression of fashionable Georgian architecture in a remote area, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 for its architectural significance. It is located on the west side of the Old Georgetown Road, several miles north of South Carolina Highway 46 and McClellanville.
Description and history
In 1706 the Province of Carolina formally established the Church of England, which divided what is now South Carolina into six parishes. This parish church was built in 1768. It is rectangular single-story masonry structure, built out of brick and covered by a slate hip roof. The front and rear facades both have a gabled temple-front projection, supported by four round brick columns. The rear projection has had the spaces between the columns bricked up, creating what now serves as the church vestry. The building's windows are round-arched with keystones, with a three-part Palladian window in the eastern wall. The interior retains original woodwork and hardware, including box pews, pulpit, and trim. The pulpit originally stood at the northern end of the long axis, but was apparently moved to the eastern wall sometime in the 18th century.
The church is one of a handful of surviving 18th-century country churches in South Carolina. It is unusual in this group because its styling is particularly sophisticated, reflecting architectural trends in Charleston at the time of its construction. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
- List of National Historic Landmarks in South Carolina
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Charleston County, South Carolina
- National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "St. James Church, Santee". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
- James Dillon (10 September 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: St. James Church, Santee" (pdf). National Park Service. and Accompanying four photos, exterior and interior, from 1975 (32 KB)
- Media related to St. James Episcopal Church (Santee, South Carolina) at Wikimedia Commons
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. SC-644, "St. James's Santee Church, Charleston, Charleston County, SC", 18 photos, 2 photo caption pages