South Carolina USA
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From Georgetown take Church Street to Highway 17 North. Travel approximately 8 miles on Highway 17 North to Kings River Road (on the left). Turn left onto Kings River Road and travel approximately 3.5 miles to All Saints Episcopal Church and Cemetery. The cemetery will be on the left.
All Saints Episcopal Church was one of the most significant Episcopal churches in the South Carolina lowcountry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Its first congregation was formed in 1739, and the church has been located at this site since then. Four extant historic resourcesthe historic sanctuary, cemetery, rectory, and chapelare significant for their association with All Saints and for their architectural or artistic characteristics. The sanctuary, built 1916-1917, the fourth to serve this congregation, is significant as an excellent example of Classical Revival style, adapting the design of the churchs nineteenth century sanctuary which burned in 1915. It is a one-story rectangular brick building sheathed in scored stucco. It has an engaged pedimented portico supported by four fluted Greek Doric columns. A Doric frieze, composed of triglyphs, metopes, and guttae, runs under the cornice around the building on three sides. The church has a large center aisle sanctuary with a coved tray ceiling. The church cemetery, established in the 1820s, is significant for the persons buried there, many of who were the leading public figures of antebellum Georgetown County. It is also significant a collection of outstanding gravestone art from ca.1820 to ca.1900. It is surrounded by a pierced brick fence (ca. 1930) with wrought iron gates. The church rectory, built in 1822, is an intact example of a Carolina I-House. The rear façade has been changed several times. The slave chapel at All Saints is nominated separately. Listed in the National Register March 13, 1991.
The cemetery dating from 1822 is located primarily to the south and west of the church. The majority of the monuments are simple slab steles sculpted in either marble or granite but the graveyard also includes table-top tombs and sculptural monuments. The earliest monuments are mostly marble and incorporate classical motifs popular in the early- to mid- nineteenth century including obelisks and steles with pedimented tops. Notable features of specific monuments include John Ashe Alston's obelisk, with heraldic imagery, and the architectural detailing of Joshua John Ward's table-top tomb. The cemetery is surround by a pierced brick fence (c. 1930) with wrought iron gates. The bricks were taken from the Waverly Plantation rice mill chimneys.
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