The University of South Carolina’s Office of Undergraduate Research awarded Sabrina Driggers a Magellan Scholars grant to develop a preservation/restoration plan for the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease. Dr. Sarah Miller, Associate Professor of History and President of the Colleton County Historical and Preservation (CCHAPS), will direct the research.
The grant will allow Driggers to research the history of the site including archival research trips to both Columbia and Charleston. Additionally, she will be proposing a restoration/preservation plan for the structure and grounds to the board of CCHAPS.
Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, also known as the Old Burnt Church, operated as the social, religious and political center of St. Bartholomew’s Parish in the 1700s. The original wood structure was destroyed and the rebuilt brick building burnt again in 1732. The chapel was not rebuilt but community families continued to use the cemeteries. Only the back corner of the original brick church still remains.
Hurricane Gracie severely damaged the front wall of the chapel and the Colleton County Historical Preservation Society secured a grant to repair the wall in 1975.
Driggers will be researching and making suggestions for continued care of this important property. Pon Pon Chapel of Ease is located in Jacksonboro, S. C.