St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Charleston
St Michael's Episcopal Church is the oldest church structure in Charleston. It was built from 1751 to 1761 on the former site of the original St Phillips Church, which was completed in 1681 and destroyed by a hurricane in 1710. This white church features a two story portico with Tuscan columns and a 186-foot steeple topped by a 7 1/2 foot weather vane. The pews are constructed of local cedar, and they were once used by both George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The clock and bells were imported from England in 1764, and the chandelier was imported from London in 1803. The church still bears the scars from slight damage sustained in 1865 during the Civil War.
st. michael's episcopal church is one of the most important 18th century colonial georgian buildings in the united states. st. michael's was built in 1752 by samuel cardy. george washington, the marquis de lafayette and general robert e. lee have attended services at st. michael's.
This beautiful church almost seems out of place in Charleston. It looks more like is should be sitting in a town square in New England. Built in 1761, it is the oldest church in Charleston. George Washington attended service here in 1791. The interior is in keeping with other churches of it's time. It contains private wooden pews that were sponsored by and belonged to the wealthier families of the city. The exterior is pure white, with a columned entrance. And something you don't normally see on a church steeple...a clock.
This Church was built in 1761, and is the oldest church in Charleston today. George Washington once worshipped in this church! Also, General Robert E. Lee worshipped in the same pew. The pew is called "The Governer's Pew," and you can walk right up to it and touch it. This church is on the site of what was once the first Anglican church south of Virginia.
There is an old poem written about this church by Mary A. P. Stansbury called, "How he saved St. Michael's." Whether it's based on fact or not, I don't know, but the story in the poem tells how a slave saved the church from burning down before the Civil War while the city of Charleston was on fire, and in turn he was given his freedom. It's a lovely poem.....