Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Church of Prince William's Parish

Marker ID: SCHM 7-4
Location: Old Sheldon Church Road north of Trask Parkway (U.S. 21), Yemassee, SC
County: Beaufort
Coordinates: N 32° 37.113    W 080° 46.833
  32.61855    -80.78055


Text from Front Side

Prince William's Parish Church
(Sheldon Church)

These ruins are of Prince William's Parish Church, built ca. 1751-1757 and partially burned during the American Revolution, with its interior and roof rebuilt 1825-26. This Anglican church was primarily paid for by Lieutenant Governor William Bull I (1683-1755), who is buried here. It is often called Sheldon, after Bull's plantation.

Text from Back Side

Local Loyalists burned the church in 1779 during a raid by General Augustine Prevost. It was assumed by many area residents in 1865 and has been widely believed since that Federal troops burned Sheldon Church during the last months of the Civil War. It was actually dismantled by local freedmen ca. 1865-67.

Sponsored by the Beaufort County Historical Society, 2013
Replacing a marker erected by the society in 1955