ABOUT ST. MICHAEL’S CHURCH IN CHARLESTON
As we said, St. Michael’s Church is the oldest church in Charleston. It started as a small, unpretentious place of worship in the 1680s by the Church of England. Eventually, Charleston’s population grew too large and citizens had to build a bigger location on Church Street. It, unfortunately, burned down in 1751 but rebuilt 1761 at its current location.
Bringing the Colonial to the Modern Age
The church was designed in a traditional Colonial Period style. That means the altar is close to the congregation to make sure the service could be heard by all and the worshippers can participate in the service. A gallery on three sides of the room also allows for more people to sit up close to the altar. Although this style was common during the period, St. Michael’s is one of the few churches in America that has kept the original design.
The interior of the church showcases original woodwork, Tiffany stained glass windows, and a chandelier ordered from London in 1803. There is also a graveyard next to the church with tombstones dating back hundreds of years.
A Historical Seat
St. Michael’s Church is also known for its “Governor’s Pew.” Famous people including George Washington and Robert E. Lee have worshipped at this double pew which is located in the center of the church.
Plan Your Upcoming Visit to St. Michael’s Church
If you would like to visit St. Michael’s Church, the church is open every day of the week and welcomes visitors to all of their services. You can visit their website for specific hours.
BOOK YOUR NEXT STAY WITH LUXURY SIMPLIFIED RETREATS
If you are looking for accommodation in Charleston, consider booking one of our historic vacation homes. We offer luxury vacation homes in the heart of the city where you are walking distance from some of Charleston’s best restaurants, shops, art galleries, and attractions. For more information on our vacation homes or to book a rental, please contact one of our concierge specialists today.