Charleston Historical Churches and Cemeteries

Charleston’s unique and picturesque architecture extends beyond its shops, restaurants and museums; the churches of Charleston are amongst the most beautiful in the Lowcountry, not to mention the solemn and peaceful graveyards are home to some of Charleston’s most famous figures. All of these historic churches and graveyards are near our Charleston, SC hotel.

St. Philip's

Est. 1670 and originally stood on the site where St. Michael’s stands today. The present building was constructed 1835-1838. In St. Philip’s churchyard are the graves of John C. Calhoun, Edward Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, and Dubose Heyward, author of “Porgy.”

St Michael's Church Charleston
St. Michael's

Completed in 1761, this is the oldest church edifice in the city and one of the few city churches in America to retain its original design. It was here that George Washington worshiped during his tour of the South in 1791.

Circular Congregational Church

In 1806, a unique circular building, designed by Robert Mills, became known as the Circular Church. The graveyard is the city's oldest burial grounds with monuments dating from 1695.

St. Mary's

The oldest Roman Catholic Church in South Carolina and the Mother Church of the Dioceses of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia, it was established in 1789.

Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim

The fourth oldest synagogue in the United States and the oldest in continuous use. It was the birthplace of American Reform Judaism in 1824. The present structure, constructed in 1830, is considered one of the country’s finest examples of Greek Revival architecture.

Magnolia Cemetery Charleston, SC
Magnolia Cemetery

The oldest public cemetery in Charleston, founded 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River. It is the final resting place for generations of Southern leaders that include governors Thomas Bennett, Langdon Cheves, Horace L. Hunley and Robert Barnwell Rhett.

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