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Church of the Holy Cross
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
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Historic Church of the Holy Cross
Location SC 261, 335 N. Kings Hwy.
Stateburg, South Carolina
Built 1850-1852
Part of Stateburg Historic District (ID71000809)
NRHP reference No. 73001732
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Added to NRHP November 7, 1973
Designated NHL November 7, 1973
Designated CP February 24, 1971

The Church of the Holy Cross is a historic Anglican church at 335 North Kings Highway in Stateburg, South Carolina. Built in 1850-52 to a design by noted South Carolina architect Edward C. Jones, it is a notable example of rammed earth construction with relatively high style Gothic Revival styling. It was designated a National Historic Landmark for its architecture in 1973. In 2013, the Church of the Holy Cross disaffiliated with the Episcopal Church and realigned with the Anglican denomination.

Description and history

The church stands on the east side of North Kings Highway, west of the city of Sumter. Its walls, constructed of yellow rammed earth, stand 40 feet (12 m) tall, and are covered in stucco, with buttressing at the corners and long sides of its cruciform plan. A tower stands attached to one end, and the steeply-pitched roof is finished in tile. Window and door openings are in the shape of Gothic arches. The church interior is painted gray in a manner resembling stone.

The church was built in 1850-52 on land donated earlier by American Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter. It was designed by Edward C. Jones, one of South Carolina's leading architects; a prolific designer, only a relatively small number of his works now survive. Across the road from the church is Borough House Plantation, the home of Dr. William Wallace Anderson, chairman of the committee that built the church. In 1820, Dr. Anderson had built his own house of rammed earth on the plantation. With its additional rammed earth outbuildings, the plantation complex is also a National Historic Landmark, and both form part of the Stateburg Historic District.

The Church of the Holy Cross is still an active Anglican parish in the Anglican Church in North America's Diocese of South Carolina. The church still has its original Erben pipe organ installed in 1851.

An 18-month, $2.3 million restoration to repair extensive termite damage was completed late January 2010 under the then-rector the Rev. Fr. Thomas W. Allen. In 2013, the church disaffiliated itself from the Protestant Episcopal Church and realigned with the Anglican denomination. The current rector is Fr. Michael E. Ridgill, priest.

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