St. James' Church, Goose Creek

S of Goose Creek, Goose Creek, South Carolina


St. James' Protestant Episcopal Church

1. Historic American Buildings Survey Photographer C.O. Greene, September 1940 SOUTHWEST ELEVATION

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Built 1713-1719, this is one of the first true Georgian churches in the English colonies. A rectangular single-story, stucco-on-brick structure, its elaborate interior is one of the finest of all small 18th-century country parish churches extant in the United States. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 15, 1970

Built 1713-1719 by early planters from Barbados, St. James Goose Creek is one of the earliest Georgian churches in the English colonies. The building is not only early, but generally recognized as one of the real architectural beauties in a category of small eighteenth century parish churches. St. Jamesí Church is a small, compact, rectangular one-story structure with stucco covered brick walls, and a slate jerkinhead roof. The round arched windows of the church are protected by exterior wooden shutters and framed by plaster architraves adorned with cherubís heads. The corners of the building are marked by large quoins, and a small stucco cornice adorns the eaves line. The vestry was incorporated in 1778, and it is said that the presence of the royal coat of arms over the pulpit saved the church from destruction in 1779-1780 when British troops moved through South Carolina during the American Revolution. Services were discontinued during the latter part of the war, and the Church of England was disestablished. The revival of the Episcopal Church in South Carolina took place gradually from 1795-1817. Listed in the National Register April 15, 1970. Designated a National Historic Landmark April 15, 1970. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 15, 1970
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant years
1708; 1719

Update Log 

  • July 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Description"