National Park Service 53 Meeting Street Charleston, SC – 29401 843-722-8882 ‘First Scots Presbyterian Church, the fifth oldest church in Charleston, was constructed in 1814. Its design was perhaps inspired by St. Mary’s Cathedral in Baltimore, Maryland designed by Benjamin Latrobe. Latrobe was the first professionally trained American architect, best known for designing the United States Capitol. The massive brick Presbyterian Church has walls that are three feet thick and covered with stucco. Twin towers rise above a columned portico. Reflecting the heritage of the congregation, the seal of the Church of Scotland is displayed in the stained glass window over the main entrance, and the decorative wrought iron grilles contain thistles, the symbol of Scotland. First Scots replaced the congregation’s first church, a frame building previously located in the southeast corner of the graveyard. The graveyard contains more than 50 stones that date earlier than 1800.’
Source – National Park Service
To learn more about the history of the building, the meetings of the church body and natural disaster tragedies visit the National Park Service Website.
‘The church is open to the public 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday- Friday.
Call 843-722-8882 for further information.’