Church of the Holy Cross (Stateburg, South Carolina)

The Church of the Holy Cross is a historic Anglican church at 335 North Kings Highway in Stateburg, South Carolina. Built in 1850-52 to a design by noted South Carolina architect Edward C. Jones, it is a notable example of rammed earth construction with relatively high style Gothic Revival styling. It was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture in 1973.[1] In 2013, the Church of the Holy Cross disaffiliated with the Episcopal Church and realigned with the Anglican Church in North America.

Church of the Holy Cross
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Historic Church of the Holy Cross
LocationSC 261, 335 N. Kings Hwy.
Stateburg, South Carolina
Coordinates33°57′12″N 80°31′56″W / 33.95333°N 80.53222°W / 33.95333; -80.53222Coordinates: 33°57′12″N 80°31′56″W / 33.95333°N 80.53222°W / 33.95333; -80.53222
Part ofStateburg Historic District (ID71000809)
NRHP reference No.73001732
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 7, 1973[1]
Designated NHLNovember 7, 1973[2]
Designated CPFebruary 24, 1971

Description and historyEdit

The church stands on the east side of North Kings Highway, west of the city of Sumter. Its walls, constructed of yellow rammed earth, stand 40 feet (12 m) tall, and are covered in stucco, with buttressing at the corners and long sides of its cruciform plan. A tower stands attached to one end, and the steeply-pitched roof is finished in tile. Window and door openings are in the shape of Gothic arches. The church interior is painted gray in a manner resembling stone.[3]

The church was built in 1850-52 on land donated earlier by American Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter. It was designed by Edward C. Jones, one of South Carolina's leading architects; a prolific designer, only a relatively small number of his works now survive.[3] Across the road from the church is Borough House Plantation, the home of Dr. William Wallace Anderson, chairman of the committee that built the church. In 1820, Dr. Anderson had built his own house of rammed earth on the plantation. With its additional rammed earth outbuildings, the plantation complex is also a National Historic Landmark, and both form part of the Stateburg Historic District.

The Church of the Holy Cross is still an active parish. In 2013, it disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church and realigned with the Anglican Church in North America, part of the Continuing Anglican Movement.[4] The current rector is Fr. Michael E. Ridgill, priest.[5]

An 18-month, $2.3 million restoration to repair extensive termite damage was completed late January 2010 under the then-rector the Rev. Fr. Thomas W. Allen.[6][7][8] The church still has its original Erben pipe organ installed in 1851.

Notable burialsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Church of the Holy Cross". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
  3. ^ a b Mary Ann Eaddy (April 23, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Church of the Holy Cross / Holy Cross Episcopal Church - Church of the Holy Cross" (PDF). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) and Accompanying one photo, exterior, undated (32 KB)
  4. ^ "Church of the Holy Cross". SC Picture Project. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  5. ^ "Find Clergy". The Anglican Diocese South Carolina. Retrieved 2020-08-12.
  6. ^ Restoration pictures, March through August 2009[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Restoration pictures, August 2009 through February 2010[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Reconsecration pictures". Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  9. ^ "Photo of Grave site of MOH Recipient George Mabry". Archived from the original on 2005-12-27. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
  10. ^ George Lafayette Mabry, Jr (1917 - 1990) - Find A Grave Memorial

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