Listed in National Register of Historic Places.
Source – National Park ServiceThe First Catholic Church in the Carolinas and Georgia
Established August 24, 1789 www.catholic-doc.org/saintmarys/
Monday – Friday 7:00am
Tuesdays 5:30 am
‘The congregation of St. Mary’s was the first Roman Catholic Church in the Carolinas and Georgia.
A sufficient number of Catholic immigrants had arrived in Charleston by the late 18th century, that Reverend Ryan, an Irish priest, was sent to the city in 1788.
The Hasell Street site was purchased for the church by trustees one year later, and the congregation has worshiped here ever since.
The congregation first worshiped in a dilapidated Methodist meeting house that was at the site.
In 1801 the congregation constructed their own brick church. The Charleston fire of 1838 that burned much of the surrounding Ansonborough neighborhood also destroyed most of the Catholic church.
The present building was completed in 1839 in the Classical Revival style.
Its monumental form, elements and ornamental details are adapted from classic Roman architecture with typical Classical details such as its arched openings and Tuscan portico with a parapet.’
Source – National Park Service
To learn more about tombstones in the churchyard, the pews, paintings, etc. visit the National Park Service Website orWikipedia.
‘It is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm. Call 843-722-7696 for further information.’