Low Country South Carolina contains so much history that its ancient ruins are just asking to be explored. And with so many spots to uncover that are free, they make for the perfect escape without breaking the bank. Among the unique and free things to do in South Carolina, these old church ruins surrounded by beautiful towering oak trees are waiting for you to discover them.\nSt. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease, otherwise known as the Old Sheldon Church Ruins, is located in Beaufort, South Carolina next to a small cemetery.\nOnce a house of worship for those who couldn't make it to the main chapel in town, a forest fire destroyed the holy house in 1886 where it was left to crumble and decay.\nToday, the old church is surrounded by huge oak trees with Spanish moss spilling over the branches. It gives the ruins and adjacent cemetery an eerie air as you explore all it has to offer.\nThe creepy old church can even be used as a wedding venue, but only for members of the Parish Church of St. Helena.\nView this post on Instagram St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins. #chapelofease #sthelenaisland #beaufortsc #luvbft #discoversc #onlyinsouthcarolina #etoe_2 #tv_churchandgraves #renegade_abandoned #shutterbug_collective #ipulledoverforthis #fx_hdr #g_s_i #grime_lords #photo_hitchhiker #ars_sacra #hey_ihadtosnapthat #everything_imaginable #rsa_rural #style_and_decay #raw_usa #just_unitedstates #usa_photolovers #raw_abandoned #grime_reapers #trb_rurex #backroad_visions #roadwarrior_hdr #church_masters #abandonedafterdark A post shared by Brad Barker (@southern_pirate) on Jan 25, 2019 at 10:58am PST\nSome locals say this spot is haunted and have even claimed to see apparitions while wandering around the cemetery.\nAccording to Eat, Sleep, Play Beaufort, visitors have been said to hear whispers coming from inside the church ruins and even some singing at times — that sounds like something straight out of a horror movie.\nVisitors are welcome to park and walk up to explore the ruins at no charge. Aside from the crumbling church and cemetery on-site, an old mausoleum beckons visitors to come closer.\nView this post on Instagram Another shot of Fripp’s Vault at St. Helena Chapel of Ease Ruins. Union soldiers broke the door on Fripp’s Vault looking for treasure. #chapelofease #sthelenaisland #beaufortsc #etoe_2 #aj_graveyards #_click_gravestone #gallery_of_dark_arts #graveyard_freaks #gloomy_side_views #grave_affair #graveyard_fanatics #dreamland_arts_of_nature #voodoo_society #vd_sepulcrum #the_mirror_of_our_souls #the_great_gothic_world #r_a_d #project_necropolis #photo_hitchhiker #tv_churchandgraves #ars_sacra #graveyard_dead #total_sacro #graveyard_life #luvbft #everything_imaginable #ominous_perfection #g_s_i #fx_hdr #discoversc A post shared by Brad Barker (@southern_pirate) on Dec 15, 2018 at 6:51pm PST\nA few plaques at the storied location share information about the area and tell a little bit about the history of the ruins.\nBuilt in 1740, the church was mostly used until 1861 before being abandoned. The normal Sunday services were stopped due to an invasion from nearby troops during the Civil War.\nView this post on Instagram Swipe to see the Chapel of Ease on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina. What a beautiful experience this was! Also double points if you can guess what this church was constructed out of! These tabby walls are all that remain of an old chapel-of-ease on St. Helena Island. The chapel was built in the mid-1700s and served the families who owned plantations on St. Helena Island. The primary parish church, though known as St. Helena’s Church, was actually located in Beaufort, making it too far away for the planters to regularly attend services. Therefore, the Anglican Church established this “chapel of ease” nearer their homes. #chapelofease #ruins #sainthelenaisland #sainthelena #church #beaufortsc #traveladdict A post shared by Nikki DuBose (@thenikkidubose) on Feb 8, 2020 at 6:04am PST\nJust 1.5 miles away from the church you'll find more history to explore at Penn Center.\nWhether you're looking to unearth your inner Indiana Jones or simply love everything eerie, the ruins of St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease are waiting for you.\nSt. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease \nPrice: Free\nAddress: 17 Lands End Rd., Saint Helena Island, SC\nWhy You Need To Go: These ancient ruins hold so much history and the oak trees that surround it are just as beautiful as the church. \nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.