If by the rituals that men have made,
Adoring God, I find myself unmoved;
And if I cannot pray as they have prayed,
It is because I have more deeply loved
A lordlier ceremonial than the psalms
Of choirs choiring in cathedrals dim ...
Hearing the sea-wind through the pines and palms,
I worship for it seems the voice of Him ...

From "Rituals"
- Archibald Rutledge

Established as a Chapel of Ease to accommodate an expanding village population, McClellanville Episcopal Church was begun the summer of 1889 and consecrated by Bishop W. B. W. Howe November 2, 1890. Finishing touches to the chapel, however, were not added until after 1900.

The land for the church was given by Charlotte A. Cordes Doar, and Mary Stewart Pinckney of Fairfield Plantation "furnished the means for building the chapel." The building committee was comprised of Dr. W. T. W. Baker, A. H. Lucas, and Col. H. M. Rutledge, with Baker serving as the treasurer. Village carpenter Paul B. Drayton executed the designs of A. H. Lucas, who served as architect and supervisor. Assisting Drayton with the constructions were Moses Stewart, Charlie Williamson, James Bennett, and Julius Brown.

The church framework of South Carolina longleaf pine and cypress was handcrafted the "old way," mortised and tenoned together, and the black cypress shingles, which cover the roof and exterior sidewalls, were shaped with handsaws. The designs of the interior furnishings were the creations of Lucas, who drew them on longleaf pine boards for rendering with keyhole saws. His final touch was the installation of the chan­deliers. He died in 1914.

The church bells were given by David Doar and his brother, Samuel Cordes Doar. The three stained glass windows (from left to right) are memorials to Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Lucas, Mary Stewart Pinckney, and Dr. and Mrs. Stephen D. Doar.

The above text and drawing are taken with permission from the St. James-Santee Parish Historical Sketches, Published by the St.James-Santee Parish Historical Society, 1997. The drawing was penned by Seldon Baker Hill, 1993.


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