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.



















GALLERY: Churches of Charleston

You don’t get the title of Holy City without a special spiritual connection.? As you walk the streets of Charleston, you can hear the collective chimes of the church bells echoing throughout the peninsula.? It is a sound that has resonated for hundreds of years.? Through natural disasters, wars, political and economic conflict, those bells have remained.? As our tribute to the hallowed halls of the Churches of Charleston and the houses of the Lord that make this city special, we want to share a special gallery of some of the beautiful infrastructures.

Unitarian Church – 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC


St. John Lutheran Church – 5 Clifford Street, Charleston, SC


John the Baptist Church – 120 Broad Street, Charleston, SC


St. Michael’s Episcopal Church – 71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC


First Presbyterian Church – 53 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC


Mother Emanuel AME – 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC


Trinity United Methodist Church – 273 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC


Citadel Square Baptist Church – 328 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC


St. Matthews Lutheran Church – 405 King Street, Charleston, SC


The Second Presbyterian Church – 342 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC


Morris Street Baptist Church – 25 Morris Street, Charleston, SC


Central Baptist Church – 26 Radcliffe Street, Charleston, SC


St Patrick Catholic Church – 134 St. Philip Street, Charleston, SC