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  • Bethel Presbyterian Church
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    580 Bethel Church Road
    Walhalla, SC 29691

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    864-784-7268

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    Mountain Lakes

    Bethel Presbyterian Church

    Historic Church and Cemetery in the Upstate

    Founded in 1805 by General Andrew Pickens and Rev. Andrew Brown, Bethel Presbyterian is the oldest church in continuous use in Oconee County. The current house of worship was built in 1846 by Henry Steele and restored in 2002, exposing the hand-hewed beams in the ceiling. The church has recently published its history, which is 288 pages and includes the church registry from 1855-2012 and select family genealogies and photographs. The cemetery dates to the founding of the church.


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  • Blue Ridge Arts Center
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    111 East South 2nd Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

    Contact:
    864-882-2722

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    Location:
    Mountain Lakes

    Blue Ridge Arts Center
    Arts center inside historic Episcopal church
    The Blue Ridge Arts Center is housed in Seneca’s oldest remaining religious facility, the former Episcopal Church that was built in 1882. Today the arts center features annual art shows, permanent art exhibits and a reference library reltaed to the arts.
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  • Church of the Holy Apostles
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    228 Hagood Avenue
    Barnwell, SC 29812

    Contact:
    803-259-3477

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Church of the Holy Apostles
    Episcopal Church built before the Civil War, known to have been occupied by horses of Union Soldiers
    The Church of the Apostles was founded in 1848 with an original list of parishioners consisting of 8 families and their slaves. St. Michael’s Church (located in Charleston) supplied the first altar and pulpit, which are both still in use today. The cemetery surrounding the church contains the crypts and tombstones of many famous SC men and women. Feel free to enter, meditate or pray during regular church office hours (located next door). Call ahead for guided or self-guided tours.
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  • Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
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    300 State Park Road
    Summerville, SC 29485

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    843-873-1740

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    Location:
    Lowcountry

    Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
    Site of a colonial village featuring original church tower, cemetery and archaeology sites
    For almost one hundred years the village of Dorchester existed as an important inland trading center in colonial South Carolina. The village is gone now, but the fort that occupied one corner of Dorchester still stands overlooking the Ashley River. Made of oyster shell concrete called tabby, the fort was built during the French and Indian War to house some of the colony’s precious gunpowder supply. During the American Revolution, the entire town became a fortified post, first occupied by the Americans and then by the British. Dorchester never recovered from the effects of the war, and the village was gradually abandoned. Today Dorchester is preserved and interpreted through archaeological investigations into the layers of history right below your feet. You can even take part in the archaeology efforts or explore the fort and remaining church tower and cemetery on site.
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  • Freedom's Hill Church
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    Address:
    907 Wesleyan Drive
    Central, SC 29630

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    800-289-1292

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    Mountain Lakes

    Freedom's Hill Church
    1840s African American church
    Standing as a monument to the courageous anti-slavery movement, Freedom’s Hill Church dates back to the 1840s when a congregation of like-minded Southern Christians came together in opposition to slavery. Originally built in the Snow Camp community of what is now Alamance County, North Carolina, this modest wooden church was moved and is today located on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Student-led worship services and interpretive programs are the focus of the chapel.
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  • Historic Church of the Epiphany
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    12065 Old Number 6 Hwy
    Eutawville, SC 29048

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    803-492-7644

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    Rivers, Rails & Backroads

    Historic Church of the Epiphany
    Episcopal Church built in 1849 that retains most of its original features
    This church was built in 1849 to accomodate the residents of the village who made their summer homes in the cool pine forest of Eutaw Village (present-day Eutawville). The church has most of its original features and has an adjoining cemetery.
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  • Historic Wire Road
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    Wire Road
    St. George, SC 29477

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    843-563-9091

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    Lowcountry

    Historic Wire Road

    Historic stretch of road that leads you through historic homes, natural areas and churches

    Wire Road runs through rural South Carolina, and is named for when telegraph lines were strung in the middle 1800's. This historic roadway lies near the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing black-water river in the United States. Wire Road connected Charleston to Columbia and Augusta and has seen many passerbys, including General Marquis de Lafayette, a key figure in the American Revolution. At least one house that he likely passed is still standing.

    Specific sites along Wire Road (beginning on Highway 78 in Ridgeville) include sections oforiginal track from the Charleston to Hamburg railroad (Best Friend Express, the 1st passenger rialroad in the United States), locally owned eateries and general stores, Givhans State Park,  an Edisto Indian community, Four Holes Swamp, The Clayton House (Built in 1854, records suggest it was a stagecoach stop until the early 1900's), Indian Field Swamp (you can spot a milldam at the edge of the trees that powered the saw mill that cut much of the lumber for the houses in the area built before the Civil War), Colleton State Park, the Koger House (Built 1800), Appleby's Methodist Church (Built 1840s),  The McAlhany Nature Preserve and ending in Branchville, the oldest railroad junction in the world.


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  • Mepkin Abbey
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    1098 Mepkin Abbey Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

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    843-761-8509

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    Lowcountry

    Mepkin Abbey
    Trappist monastery on former plantation famous for gourmet mushrooms and breathtaking gardens
    Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery located on a former plantation on the bluffs of the Cooper River. The monastery has been located here since 1949 and offers visitors a free and exceptionally peaceful experience. The gardens are breathtaking, church visits and guided tours are available by appointment, and the gift shop has lots of specialty gifts along with gourmet mushrooms grown on the Abbey's farm. History Trivia: The site of Mepkin Abbey was land previously owned by Henry Laurens, a Congressional Constitutional president who was once help prisoner in the Tower of London and finally released after he was exchanged for the infamous British General, Lord Charles Cornwallis. The plantation was later owned by publisher and philanthropist Henry R. Luce and his wife Clare Booth Luce, who commissioned a famous architect Loutrell Briggs to create the magnificent gardens that still hold their grandeur today.
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  • Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
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    Address:
    SC Route 183
    Seneca, SC 29672

    Contact:
    864-944-5112

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    Mountain Lakes

    Old Pickens Presbyterian Church
    19th century church with original features and historic cemetery
    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this church is the only thing remaining of the town that was established here in 1828. The meeting house-style brick church was built between 1849 and 1851. The interior contains plaster walls and the original pine floors and unpainted pews of poplar and pine. The adjacent cemetery has over 200 graves dating back to 1790.
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  • Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
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    2604 Ashley River Road
    Charleston, SC 29414

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    843-766-1541

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    Lowcountry

    Old St. Andrew's Parish Church
    The oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas with original features and 1700s cemetery
    Created by the Church Act of 1706, St. Andrew's Parish Church is the oldest surviving church building in the Carolinas. The church has withstood over 300 years this church of wars and natural disasters, and except for a period of 60 years after the Civil War, it has housed an active parish church family. Many features of the church are original including the flooring, reredos, reading desks, pews and baptismal front. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old St. Andrew's is situated on 11 acres and includes a graveyard dating to the early 1700's. History Trivia: John Grimke Drayton, who created the gardens at Magnolia Plantation, was rector here for a time.
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  • Old Stone Church
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    Address:
    101 Stone Circle
    Clemson, SC 29631

    Contact:
    864-654-2061

    Location:
    Mountain Lakes

    Old Stone Church
    Early 1800s church, burial place for Rev War General
    Though it ceased to function as a house of worship in the 1830s, the Old Stone Church (circa 1797-1803) continues to serve as a resting place for some of the state’s most notable individuals, including Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens. Originally called the Stone Meeting House, the church was an early leader in allowing slaves to become members. In addition to functioning as a church, it also served as a school, and in 1919 the first Sunday school in the Upstate was held there. The builders of the church knew that living close to Native Americans was dangerous and built it so that it could double as a fort if needed: heavy wooden doors, for example, would close over the glass windows to add protection.
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  • Pon Pon Chapel of Ease
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    Address:
    SC 64
    Jacksonboro, SC 29474

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    843-549-9633

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    Pon Pon Chapel of Ease

    Façade of historic church destroyed by fire, once located on an old stage coach road

    According to the SC Department of Archives & History, Pon Pon was established in 1725 by an Act of the General Assembly, Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was one of two churches serving St. Bartholomew’s Parish after the Yemassee War (1715) aborted plans for a parish church. The chapel site was located on Parker’s Ferry Road, the busy stagecoach thoroughfare that connected Charleston and Savannah. In 1754, a brick chapel was erected to replace the earlier wooden structure. This brick chapel burned around 1801, causing Pon Pon Chapel to become subsequently known as the Burnt Church. The chapel was rebuilt between 1819 and 1822, and was in use until 1832 when it was again reduced to ruins. The chapel’s historical significance is due in part to Rev. John Wesley preaching two sermons here on April 24, 1737 and for its burial ground that contains the remains of Congressmen Aedanus Burke and O’Brien Smith, in addition to numerous local leaders. 


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  • Spann United Methodist Church
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    Address:
    150 Church Street
    Ward , SC 29166

    Contact:
    803-430-1314

    Location:
    Freshwater Coast

    Spann United Methodist Church
    1873 church and cemetery dotted with sculpture
    This historic sanctuary was built in 1873 along with the two-acre cemetery with more than 400 gravesites and interesting sculptures. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the oldest churches in the area, Spann has early documented dates of 1805. The cemetery dates back to 1842 and is the town's only burying ground.
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  • Trinity Episcopal Church
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    Address:
    200 Church Street
    Abbeville, SC 29620

    Contact:
    864-366-5186

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    Location:
    Freshwater Coast

    Trinity Episcopal Church

    Civil War era church noted for its French Gothic Revival architecture

    While in the charming town of Abbeville, your eye will be immediately drawn to the 125 foot steeple that belongs to the "pink" Trinity Episcopal Church. Abbeville was named after Abbeville, France which was why this church was built in the French Gothic Revival style. It was built and consecrated by 1860, almost 3 weeks before South Carolina's succession from the Union was decided during a meeting in this very town.


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