The documentary film “The Burnt Church: An Exploration of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease” will premiere at Walterboro’s Historic Hampton Street Auditorium on October 21, 2018, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. The film highlights the history, preservation, and cultural tourism of the church. SC Humanities helped support the red carpet premiere with a Mini Grant.
Located in Jacksonboro, SC, the ruin of the brick church represents both religious and civic history of St. Bartholomew’s Parish from the Church act of 1706 through today. The Pon Pon chapel was destroyed by fire in 1801, rebuilt in 1819-1822, and abandoned as a regular worship site in the 1830s.
The premiere of “The Burnt Church: An Exploration of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease” is free and open to the public and will open with a brief history of the Pon Pon Chapel delivred by Dr. Sarah Miller and a description of the project by producer George Wingard. After the film, a Q&A period with Dr. Sarah Miller, Dr. David Dangerfield, Mr. George Wingard and Ms. Sabrina Shutters will focus on the history, preservation, cultural heritage and film production of the documentary.
This program is provided by Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society and Savannah River Archeological Research Program.
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