Stono Baptist

Stono Baptist Church, Ravenel, Charleston County, South Carolina
Stono Baptist Church, Ravenel, Charleston County, South Carolina

On the way east to Charleston you’ll pass through the small community of Ravenel, South Carolina and this abandoned church.  Stono Baptist Church was organized in 1842, though their first church burned down in 1878.  This damaged building was the replacement from 1884. From another website, it said that the church had strict rules for behavior in the first few decades, and in addition to the typical drinking, dancing and profanity violations, hair pulling, tattling or missing three Sundays of church in a row would also get someone excommunicated.  It’s believed that the church was active until World War II, but possibly has been dormant since then.  As you can see below, the interior of the church is long gone.  The small cemetery behind the church is still in use.

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