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Gates stolen from Pon Pon Chapel near Jacksonboro


Gate and swing-arm in place. (photo by Scott Catterton)

Two large metal gates and a swing-arm were stolen from the front of Pon Pon Chapel near the end of Parkers Ferry Road near Jacksonboro recently.Dr. Sarah E. Miller, PhD, associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina’s Salkehatchie Campus said she noticed the gates and swing-arm were missing when she drove to that location on Friday morning. “Someone stole our gates,” Miller declared after coming into The Colletonian’s newsroom Friday afternoon. She added that electrical wiring was stolen from the old church site about a month-and-a-half ago, and the lock has been cut and people have been drinking and partying at the Pon Pon site. She added that people with metal detectors have also been seen at that site, noting that the practice is illegal.


Gate and swing arm missing.

The gates were installed in front of Pon Pon Chapel about seven years ago when Bud Price was president of the Colleton County Historical Society. The chapel was (and part of which still is) located “four miles upstream from the present Town of Jacksonboro,” according to historical information obtained at the Colleton Memorial Library. It added that the chapel was along “the route that President George Washington traveled on his southern tour in the spring of 1791.” It was also noted that the Episcopal Church “was the first and oldest religious group in South Carolina and Colleton County.” 

The following is a write up from last year’s Plantation Tour:

“Here on the old stage coach road connecting Charleston to Savannah, the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease served the Jacksonborough community for many years. The parish of St. Bartholomew’s was established in 1706 and the Rev. Nathaniel Osborne arrived in 1713. An act of the General Assembly provided for a Chapel of Ease in 1725. The Vestry ordered a brick building to replace the wooden chapel, but this building was burned during the American Revolution according to some records. It was rebuilt between 1819 and 1822 and in 1832 it was again destroyed by fire. No effort was made to rebuild the chapel, but family members continued to use the cemetery.  The chapel and four acres were deeded to the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society in 1974. The Society received a grant from S.C. Archives and History in 1975 to repair the front wall of the chapel which had been severely damaged by Hurricane Gracie in 1959.”