Mizpah Methodist

Mizpah Methodist Church, Olar, South Carolina
Children’s graffiti from the late 1800s in a back pew. Mizpah Methodist Church, Olar, South Carolina (Bamberg County)

I stopped by this historic weatherboard framed church in the middle of the day when the light wasn’t at its best. But a caretaker happened to be cleaning up at the time and invited me to see the interior, which turned out to be good luck.  One of the more interesting views was seeing all the original scribbles that were still in the pews dating back to the 19th century.  The church itself, near Olar, South Carolina, was built in 1856 and includes both Greek Revival and Gothic Revival features.  It’s said to be the only building in the area to survive destruction from the Union troops during the Civil War. Today, the church is still active and is included on the National Register of Historic Places ( http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/bamberg/S10817705006/index.htm ).

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