Founded in 1731 the First Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street was built in 1814. It is the fifth oldest church in the city of Charleston. With the outbreak of the Civil War many sacrifices were made on both sides.
In the spirit of sacrifice the congregation of First Presbyterian Church donated their church bell to the Confederate cause in 1863. The Confederacy was constantly in need of war material, the church bell could obviously be melted down to aid in the war effort on the battlefield. The church congregation voted on this donation with the understanding that after the South won the war the Confederate government would reimburse the church with the purchase of a new bell…as of today, the church is still without a bell.