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Old St. Andrew's Parish Church

Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
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2604 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29414


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The oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas with original features and 1700s cemetery

Created by the Church Act of 1706, St. Andrew's Parish Church is the oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas. The church has withstood over 300 years this church of wars and natural disasters, and except for a period of 60 years after the Civil War, it has housed an active parish church family. Many features of the church are original including the flooring, reredos, reading desks, pews and baptismal front. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old St. Andrew's is situated on 11 acres and includes a graveyard dating to the early 1700's. History Trivia: John Grimke Drayton, who created the gardens at Magnolia Plantation, was rector here for a time.