The Parish Church of St. Helena commemorates its 300-year anniversary with its Tricentennial Fall Concert Series this October and November in Beaufort, S.C.
The concert series will feature former St. Helena organists playing on the church’s two-manual organ that has 19 stops and more than 1,150 pipes housed in an oak case. The series also features a performance by the United States Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, one of America’s premier men’s choral ensembles. The concert series schedule is as follows:
|Friday, October 19||Noon||Organist Adrienne Olson|
|Friday, October 26||Noon||Organist Anne Marcure|
|Friday, November 2||Noon||Organist Andrew Hayler|
|Sunday, November 11||6 p.m.||Naval Academy Men's Glee Club|
|Friday, November 16||Noon||Organist David Eaton|
All concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are required for the glee club performance due to limited seating and may be obtained beginning October 22 by calling 843-522-1712.
The Parish Church of St. Helena is located at 507 Newcastle St. in historic downtown Beaufort.
“There has been much anticipation regarding the church’s tricentennial this year,” said Robb Wells, tourism division executive for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of
Commerce. “The church represents one of the oldest active churches in North America and it has so much American history intertwined within its own stories. The fall concert series is an excellent way to celebrate the generations that supported it and the fact that it’s still thriving today.”
In 1712, England’s Commons House of Assembly established St. Helena as a colonial parish. By 1724, the parish had been completed. During the Civil War, Union troops used the church as a hospital. Later, during the Reconstruction Era, the officers of the USS New Hampshire gifted its present altar and its sailors carved the altar.
in 1896, a hurricane destroyed a portion of the church and underwent a series of reconstruction and renovation projects throughout the 20th century. In 2000, the church reopened its doors following 19 months of its latest restoration.
For additional information about the Parish Church of St. Helena, call 843-522-1717 or visit www.sthelenas1712.org.