For those that don't know me, I LIVE for traveling! I try to take a trip every year to see something new, even if it means staying in the Carolinas. This summer I took a mini (3 day) vacation down south. I got to visit family in my hometown of Varnville, SC and then explore a few other surrounding cities.This time, while in the low country, we tried to see as much as possible; We visited Beaufort, Varnville, Yemassee, St. Helena Island, Hunting Island, and Savannah Georgia.
Here are some pictures I snapped along the way
Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and South Carolina Lowcountry. The city is renowned for its scenic location....surrounded by gorgeous spanish moss trees, marshes, and ocean. It's a quiet, quaint little town and I describe it to my friends as a "smaller, cuter version of Charleston, South Carolina." When I hit retirement age, this is no doubt where I hope to end up!
First up... The Chapel of Ease Ruins:
The Anglican chapel was constructed in 1740 by planters on Saint Helena Island as a chapel of ease for parishioners who had difficulty travelling to worship at the main parish church in Beaufort, South Carolina. Sadly, the church was burned in forest fires back in 1886. The ruins were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. It's a really beautiful place!
If you look closely in the following collage of images, you can see that the walls of the church are covered in Oyster shells...
This handsome stud here is my best friend (and boyfriend), Michael :)
This tomb was a little creepy, but still very cool to look at. What I found really interesting about these ruins is that there were at least 3 separate grave sites around the church, and they all only consisted of 5 or less head stones...
there was a beautiful butterfly just hanging out on one of the graves...for me, butterflies represent grace, eloquence, beauty, and change so It kind of felt symbolic to me. It's been said that Christianity considers the butterfly as a symbol for the soul & It makes sense when you consider the metamorphosis that butterflies undergo. We are all on a long journey of the soul. On this journey we encounter endless turns, shifts, and conditions that cause us to morph in ever-finer beings. As our soul- journey's end we are inevitably changed - not at all the same as when we started on the path. It's our responsibility to make our way to faith, accept the change that comes, and emerge from our transitions as beautifully as the butterfly.
I grew up visiting this beach, but it wasn't until I hit my mid twenties that I gained a real appreciation for it's being. Hunting Island is beautiful, quaint, and peaceful, and is by far my favorite beach on the East Coast. The Beach is located on St. Helena Island and remains one of the FEW undeveloped islands in the low country, featuring a 19th Century Lighthouse, fallen palm trees, wild life, and natural beauty.
The Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee, South Carolina.... this is one of my favorite historical places in South Carolina. I remember visiting these ruins with my grandma as a child, but again, I didn't appreciate its beauty until later in my adult life. The church, previously named "Prince Williams Parish Church" was built between 1745 and 1753, burned by the British in 1779 during the Revolutionary war, and then rebuilt in 1826. In 1865, it was once again burned down. The ruins lie amongst majestic oaks and scattered graves.
River Street, Savannah Georgia...
I wish we would have had more time to explore Savannah, but unfortunately the bottom of the sky fell out about 45 minutes after we parked. Here's a few images of the site's we were able to see in that time...
Varnville, SC (Hampton County) is where I was born and raised for a good portion of my childhood. I love residing in Charlotte, NC but trips back home never cease to disappoint. They say that great things come in small packages and that is definitely true of Varnville.
The marshes of St. Helena were a real treat...
If you are a traveler at heart, you have got to visit the low country of South Carolina & Georgia & see some of these spectacular places yourself. You will not be disappointed!
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