Saturday, November 22, 2014

Photo of the Day: Church of the Cross, Bluffton, SC

This Episcopal church, like so much of lowcountry South Carolina, where I vacationed two weeks ago, is filled with beauty and history. Though the community itself dates back to 1767, when a church was built nearby, this particular cruciform Gothic structure was constructed in 1854. Its rose-colored glass windows came from England.

The church survived two disasters: one in 1863, when Union troops spared it from the torch to which they put most of the rest of the town, and the other in 1898, when a hurricane damaged the building. (Repairs were made within two years.) The Church of the Cross has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.

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