On Good Friday, agency owner Henry Lowndes and his wife, Esther, visited some historic sites in Berkeley County. The first stop was at the ruins of the Biggin Church. The first Anglican church on the site was built in around 1710. These ruins are of the 4th church which burned in 1899 and are surrounded by an old cemetery.
Next stop was Mepkin Abby, home of Henry Laurens who born in Charleston in 1724 and is buried at Mepkin. Laurens was President of the Continental Congress and was held captive by the British for 14 months during the American Revolution before being traded for Lord Cornwallis. Mepkin Abbey is now a monastery.
The Taveau United Methodist Church is over 100 years old. It needs a little TLC!!
A most beautiful spot is the Strawberry Chapel, built about 1725 in the long vanished town of Childbury. Under the huge oak trees are the graves of many of Charlestonians dating back to the early 1800s.
There are many very pretty and very interesting sites tucked away on the back roads and it makes for an enjoyable day visiting them.
Henry Lowndes, Jr.