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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1761/00/00 St Michael's opened for services. Built by Samuel Cardy of brick covered in stuccoed, the cornerstone is laid in 1752.
1764/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Foundry The clock and ring of 8 bells with a tenor cast by Lester and Pack of London are installed in St Michael's steeple.
1771/00/00 Font is imported from England in 1771 and the wrought iron chancel rail of imported from English 1772.
1776/00/00 During the American Revolution, St Michael's steeple is painted black to minimize its use as target for British gunners and the church's lead roof is removed and melted down to manufacture bullets.
1782/00/00 St Michael's bells are stolen by the retreating British Regulars. The bells were recovered in London and returned.
1790/11/13 Mary Middleton Butler Died Mary Middleton Butler dies in Manhattan, New York. She is buried at St Michael's Episcopal Church, Charleston
1791/05/08 George Washington Faith President George Washington worships on Sunday afternoon from pew No 43. Originally known as "The Governor's Pew", No 43 is a large, long double-pew in the center of St Michael's Church. George Washington's Southern Tour
1825/08/16 Charles C Pinckney Final Resting Place Charles C Pinckney dies. He is buried at St Michael's Episcopal Church.
1861/00/00 Robert E Lee Faith General Robert E Lee prays from pew Number 43 at St Michael's Church.
1865/00/00 The 1761 pulpit, original to the sanctuary, is damaged when a Union shell strikes near the chancel. A scar can be seen at the base.
1865/02/17 Early in the War Between the States, the SC government confiscates St Micheal's bells and recast many as cannons. Others are sent to Columbia, SC where they cracked when their storage shed caught fire during the burning of the city. Burning of Columbia, South Carolina
1868/00/00 At war's end, the Vestry reclaims the metal and has the bells recast in London at the original foundry. The new frame was incorrectly installed by the local workmen, and the bells could not be rung. From 1868 until 1993 the bells were only chimed.
1883/00/00 Except for the addition of the sacristy in 1883 on the southeast corner, the structure of St Michael's has been little changed.
1886/08/31 The entire St Michael's steeple sinks eight inches during the earthquake in 1886 1886 Charleston Earthquake
1905/00/00 Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company Artisan Chancel decoration is crafted by Tiffany in 1905. The design in the half-come was originally blue sky with gold stars and a golden sunburst.
1993/00/00 St Michael's Ainsworth-Thwaites clock, imported from England in 1764, is restored by Smith of Derby, London, England, in 1993. It is thought to be the oldest functioning colonial tower clock in the country.
1993/00/00 Whitechapel Bell Foundry Foundry After the 1989 hurricane, the Vestry again sends the bells back to London to the original foundry, now named The Whitechapel Bell Foundry Ltd, to have all the fittings replaced. A new wooden frame is fabricated and the bells are rehung by Whitechapel.

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Particulars for St Michael's Episcopal Church:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Building Type Church
Devise Clock
Architectural Style Georgian
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Religious Property



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Registry Address: 80 Meeting St.
Registry Number: 66000704
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Cardy,Samuel
Architectural Style: Georgian
Area in Acres: 1
Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1751, 1761
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure

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