Against All Odds

History of Saint Andrew's Parish Church, Charleston, 1706-2013

by Paul Porwoll



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/3/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 472
ISBN : 9781490818184
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 474
ISBN : 9781490818177
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 472
ISBN : 9781490818160

About the Book

The tranquility of the magnificently restored Saint Andrew’s Parish Church, surrounded by stately oaks and ancient gravestones, belies a tumultuous past. If its walls could talk, they would tell a story as old as the human condition.

Founded in the forest of a new colony, this simple Anglican church served planters and their slaves during the heyday of rice and indigo. Before the Civil War, ministry shifted to the slaves, and afterward to freed men and women. Following years of decline and neglect, Saint Andrew’s rose like the phoenix.

The history of the oldest surviving church south of Virginia and the only remaining colonial cruciform church in South Carolina is one of wealth and poverty, acclaim and anonymity, slavery and freedom, war and peace, quarrelling and cooperation, failure and achievement. It is the story of a church that has refused to die, against all odds.

About the Author

Paul Porwoll fell in love with St. Andrew’s Parish Church the first time he walked through the graveyard and stepped inside the church. He joined, as did many before him, because of the historic building, but stayed because of the people he met. His passion for history, research, and writing compelled him to tell the story of this wonderful place, its remarkable people, and its extraordinary past. Paul and his wife, Lori, live on Johns Island.