St Philip’s Episcopal Church is the Mother Church south of Virginia. We were established in 1680. As a matter of fact, the very first request made by the colonists was for a minister. The letter to the Lords Proprietors said,” Though we are in dire want of many basic neccessities, yet one thing is needful, a godly and orthodox man to lead the people”.
It took ten years after the colonists arrived in 1670 to get a minister, but they finally got one brave man from the approved Church of England, who started St. Philip’s. The church became known as the most elegant church in the English colonies. “Church Mice” are on duty weekdays as volunteers to keep the church open for you. Do look in at the angels in the center of the Corinthian columned arches.
You are invited to see the life blood of the Holy City. It is our historic churches and synagogues that still today provide that sense of community that they have had throughout our history. It is this viability of our downtown that makes Charleston so real, yet ideal, the Holy City in the hearts of all Americans, what Paris is to Europeans.
Call me at 843-577-5896 for reservations for my Private Tour. Leave a message as I may be on a tour, and I will call you back! –Laura Wichmann Hipp