The journey begins

If Fitzpatrick was the flame that ignited the Sacred Spaces Project, then Bedenbaugh is the jet fuel needed to move it forward. Fitzpatrick’s initial hope was to raise enough money to save two or three sacred spaces. Bedenbaugh hopes to save them all.

Photo of the Frazier-Pressley House by Bill Fitzpatrick.

Sacred Spaces

The Journey Begins is the first in a series by Patra Taylor about Preservation South Carolina’s efforts to save the state’s rural historic churches and temples.

Our Photo Gallery features images of just a few of South Carolina’s at-risk  rural Sacred Space. All images were taken by author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick. These images are used here with permission.

We need your help

You can help save South Carolina’s endangered rural churches and temples. Visit Preservation South Carolina to make a contribution. Or click here to check out author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick’s book tour schedule, or to order your copy of “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces: Seventy Churches and Temples that Helped Shape the State’s History and Culture.”

Excerpt from article: “Within a few minutes of their meeting, Fitzpatrick offered Preservation South Carolina the rights to his book t to help raise awareness about the importance of preserving the state’s sacred spaces and to draw attention to those most at risk. Fitzpatrick also published and donated 1,000 copies of the book, with all the proceeds from sales going to a special fund to help repair and protect these important state treasures.”

“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.”

Photo of RIP gravestoneJohn Sawhill, President & CEO of The Nature Conservancy and the 12th President of New York University


Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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