|Saint Philip's Church, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
Founded in the year 1681, Saint Philip's congregation is the oldest in South Carolina. The original church on this site burned, but it was followed by the structure depicted here, which dates from 1836, and is a National Historic Landmark. At one time, this church was one of only two churches in the United States to have served as a range lighthouse, which helped guide ships safely into Charleston Harbor. It towers above the French Quarter, where you will also find the French Huguenot Church, the Dock Street Theatre, 18th century houses, cobblestone streets, and a number of art galleries, restaurants and cafes. Evenings in the Spring are lovely times to stroll through this area, taking in the historic sites, the fragrant smells of the flowering plants, and the clip clop of horse drawn carriages.