SHREWSBURY: WHERE IS JUDGE GRIMKE?

Louise Knight John GrimkeAuthor Louise W. Knight joins a panel of fellow historians at Shrewsbury’s Christ Church on Tuesday morning,  for an investigation into the somewhat curious burial of Revolutionary War figure John F. Grimké.

It could have been the biggest mystery since the storied disappearance of Judge Crater – were it not for the fact that we already know the answer to the question “Where is Judge Grimké?” In fact, the biggest question surrounding the resting place of John Faucheraud Grimké (1752-1819) isn’t where he’s buried (spoiler alert: it’s Shrewsbury’s Christ Church Episcopal) — but why this Revolutionary War hero and prominent figure in South Carolina history wound up interred here on the greater Red Bank green.

This coming Tuesday, January 6, Christ Church Parish Historian Robert M. Kelly Jr. welcomes a pair of visitors to the 18th century meeting house at the borough’s Four Corners historic district — author Louise W. Knight, and Monmouth University professor (plus “graveyard expert”) Richard Veit. Together, they’ll be teaming up (and welcoming interested members of the public in the process) to delve into the circumstances that brought the prominent member of South Carolina society (and onetime mayor of Charleston, SC) to his final resting place in Monmouth County — an investigation that begins with an outdoor search for the judge’s gravestone, beginning at 11 am.

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SHREWSBURY: SANDY RELIEF FOR CHURCH

Christ ChurchPress release from Christ Episcopal Church

The historic Christ Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury has been awarded two Sandy Disaster Relief Grants. These grants are to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation, and repair of historic properties damaged by the storm. The full list of 37 such awards was announced recently by the Christie administration.

For Christ Church, one grant is for the church building and surrounding graveyard while the other is for the Rectory. Christ Church was founded in 1702 and the church building was erected in 1769. The oldest gravestone in the graveyard is 1719. The church building, situated at the corner of Broad and Sycamore in Shrewsbury, is on the Federal and State Registers of Historic Places. Built in 1824, the Rectory is on Sycamore Avenue about one quarter mile from the church, and is in the Four Corners Historic district. The Rectory was built in 1824.

The award figure for the church is $150,650; the Rectory amount is $122,930. These awards will enable the parish to repair these structures, and to ensure their greater resilience against future such storms. The applications for the grant were greatly aided by Margaret Westfield of Westfield Associates.

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