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First (Scots) Presbyterian Church

Neighbourhood: Charlestowne
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Address: 53 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401-2536
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+1 843-722-8882

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The outward design of this 1814 church is plain but stately. The head stones in the graveyard behind the church, reflect the dangers of life in earlier times.

Reviewed 10 April 2016
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New Jersey, USA
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

The outward design of this 1814 church is plain but stately. The head stones in the graveyard behind the church, reflect the dangers of life in earlier times.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

We've been coming to Charleston for five winters. We're not locals, but we go to a lot of cultural events here and know how to behave--that is, not look or act like tourists. We are also longtime members of the Presbyterian church in another city. My wife and I went to First (Scots) last year, but the unpleasant memory is... More 

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James R, Associate Pastor at First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, responded to this review

Dear Svensota, Thanks so much for taking time to review our church. We are grateful for you and the many other Charleston visitors who worship with us each week, as you enhance the worship and fellowship of our congregation. I am sorry to hear about your visit to First (Scots). Because we strive to be a church that is welcoming... More 

Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

This church is in th downtown area of Charleston and was established in the 1700's. Several choirs sang and all were very good from the cherubs to the Kirk choir. The organist is very accomplished and the organ sounded wonderful. After the service there is a brief historical tour of the church which was extremely interesting. The interior of the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

Was in Charleston for the weekend and decided to attend church services at First Scots Presby. It was amazing! Beautiful grounds, great message, old school church service reminds me of country churches I have visited in the past. Love the Scottish flavor to the service as well.

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Thank James M
Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 374 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2014

This is a beautiful church from the outside but difficult to visit as it always is closed when we are in town during the middle of the week.

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Naperville, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

While visiting Charleston, we attended Church services here on 6/8/2014. We were taught a valuable lesson in Southern Hospitality and what Sunday "Best " truly means. Everyone greeted us with a smile and welcomed us to their Church! Even though we weren't dressed in our Sunday "Best", we were made to feel very welcome. Everything about this Church is spectacular.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

This church was on our list of churches to visit while in Charleston and we stopped by three different times during our visit and it was never open:( The front gates were open and you could walk to the massive front doors but they were all locked. We finally gave up:(

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The World
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

A beautiful historic church on a beautiful historic street in a beautiful old historic town. I attended this church while a student in Charleston and I return time and time again to enjoy the the wonderful sermons from Dr.Massie, the wondrous voices of the church choir, and the southern hospitality of the congregation. The beautifully decorated church at Christmas and... More 

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central NJ
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Found out about the three day Bach festival in early March from a fellow diner near the church. Went over after dinner and loved the various baroque pieces played in beautiful setting. We were happy to make a free will donation for the event. Quality of performance was top notch.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 27 December 2012

This is a beautiful sanctuary and a wonderful venue for baroque musical offerings during the Spoleto Festival. Sunday service is welcoming to all guests!

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