Lake Warren State Park is located just outside Hampton. The
park provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. A wide variety of
wildlife can be found in the floodplain forest, wetlands and woodlands of the
park. While walking in the park look for deer, armadillo, turtles, raccoons,
squirrels… Be on the lookout for alligators, snakes and birds along the shores
of the lake.
The 200-acre lake is
perfect for freshwater fishing and boating. The park also has a 2-acre fishing
pond. There are two boat ramps that provide access to the lake. Motors are
limited to 10-horsepower. Jon boats are also available for rent.
If you enjoy hiking, the park has three nature trails. Trail locations can be found on the park MAP. The Nature Trail is a 1.25-mile loop that travels through the woods and ends at the fishing pond. Interpretive signs are placed along this trail to increase your knowledge of local wildlife. The Fit Trail has 10 exercise stations. This .0-mile loop is located among the wildlife in a mixed pine forest. The Yemassee Trail skirts along the bank of Lake Warren. Watch for birds and other wildlife including snakes and alligators.
Pets are welcome at the park. The trails are a great place
to walk your dog. Dogs must always be kept under physical restraint or on a
The park also has picnic shelters and a playground. It’s a great place to spend a sunny day. If you’re looking to fish, hike, play or relax, Lake Warren State Park is the perfect destination for you.
Step back in time to visit the historic wonders of this small town.
Many travelers enjoy driving Highway 17, between Charleston and
Savannah. The naturally beautiful landscape of Yemassee is located between the
two cities. A simple turn off Hwy 17 onto Old Sheldon Church Road is like
stepping back in time. Travel up the road for about two miles and see the
church ruins on the right. Parking is located across the street. This church
was burned during the Revolutionary War, rebuilt and then destroyed again
during the Civil War. There is a debate as to whether the church was burned or
disassembled during the Civil War.
The following is from an article in the April 1969 Sandlapper
Magazine by Charles E. Thomas, “The Picturesque Ruins of Old Sheldon Church”.
“The official South Carolina report on the ‘Destruction of Churches and Church
Property,’ after the War Between the States, described Sheldon’s second
burning: All that was combustible was consumed…, its massive walls survive the
last as they did the former conflagration, Bishop Thomas wrote, Exactly as it
happened a hundred years before in 1779, when General Prevost, marching from
Savannah into South Carolina burned the Church, so now in February 1865,
General Sherman marching from Georgia into South Carolina, burned it a second
However, another account found more recently states that the church was not
burnt at all.
In a letter dated February 3, 1866, Beaufort’s Milton Leverett wrote, “Sheldon Church not burnt. Just torn up in the inside but can be repaired.” The inside of the church was apparently gutted to reuse materials in rebuilding the area homes that were burnt by Sherman’s army. Today the Old Sheldon Church Ruins are protected by fencing to ensure their protection. Visitors can meander all around the structure while maintaining a safe distance from the ancient walls.
After visiting the ruins, continue up Old Sheldon Church Road and
head into Yemassee. Cross the railroad
tracks and keep left. Cross Hwy 17A and turn left onto Hwy 68. Head out of town
and to the other side of I-95. Take a left at Davidson Tower Road and another
left at the end onto Pocotaligo Road. Travel about two miles to find two more
Sheldon Chapel Episcopal, formerly of Prince William Parish sits
proudly on the left at 25481 Pocotaligo Road. Dated to 1745, the church was
dismantled and used to build bridges by Gen. Sherman during the Civil War then
rebuilt in 1898.
If you turn left directly after the church, you will come upon another historic structure. Fans of the movie Forest Gump will recognize this church. Forrest went to church here to pray that he and Lieutenant Dan would find shrimp. Built in 1833 this chapel was used for seasonal worship. It is the only pre-Civil War structure in this area. During the war the chapel was used as a hospital and campsite by Union troops.
Retrace your path and come back to Old Sheldon Road. Turn
right onto Cotton Hall. This will lead you back to highway 17 and past the
gates and oak avenues of two beautiful plantations. While the homes aren’t
visible to passersby, the entrances are photo worthy.
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