St. Philip’s Church and Cemetery: A walk through Charleston’s past

By Mark A. Leon

Whether you are a local or tourist you know the steeple of St Philip’s Church on Church Street in historic downtown Charleston.  It is one of the most recognizable aerial landmark in this city.  It is also situated between the Dock Street Theater and historic market.  It is a true landmark of Charleston history and decor.

It is also the final resting place of some of the most recognizable names in Charleston, South Carolina.  The cemetery is the final resting place for Pinckney, Gaillard, Rhett, Rutledge and John C. Calhoun.  For those history buffs out there, Charles Pinckney (1757-1824) was one of the original signers of the United States Constitution and Edward Rutledge (1749-1800) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence along with his many delegated and elected positions in state and federal government.

If you have not experienced the St. Philip’s Church and Cemetery up close, make sure this is part of your next planned trip to the Historic District of Charleston, SC

While you wait, here are some images of the grounds.



















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