BEAUFORT, S.C. -- The first Catholic Church in Beaufort built almost 170 years ago is now designated with an historical marker.

The Beaufort Gazette reports that Michael O’Conner moved to Beaufort from County Cork, Ireland, and built the church now known as St. Peter’s Historic Chapel in 1846. He sold it to the Diocese of Charleston for $3.

His great-great-grandson, John Pugh, was on hand Thursday for the unveiling and dedication of the marker.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church undertook an extensive restoration of the chapel in the summer of last year. It reopened for tours and weddings, funerals and services last February.

The chapel served as a school for former slaves during the Civil War.


Information from: The Beaufort Gazette,