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“C” is for Church of the Cross

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  “C” is for Church of the Cross [Bluffton]. Sited on a wooded bluff above a curve in the May River, the Episcopal Church of the Cross is a beautiful and serene lowcountry chapel. Architect Edward Brickell White who had designed Columbia’s Trinity Church and Charleston’s Huguenot Church designed the building. It was built of cypress with a shingled cypress roof. Entered through an arched door under a trefoil window and flanking shuttered lancet windows, it opened to an interior with exposed pine beams, box pews, a slave gallery, pale pink plaster walls, and rose-tinted glass windows. The handsome cruciform Gothic building capable of holding five to six hundred people, was consecrated in 1857. The Church of the Cross, a small architectural gem, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.