Holy Trinity Episcopal

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, South Carolina (Jasper
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Ridgeland, South Carolina (Jasper County)

Built circa 1858, the Church of the Holy Trinity is architecturally Carpenter Gothic.  It’s a small church with a bell tower near Ridgeland, South Carolina (very close to Euhaw Baptist).  The area was considered a summer resort for planters in the nineteenth century.   The interior of the church is considered noteworthy for its hammer-beam timber roof.  The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Interior (from the National Register of Historic Places application)

Target Methodist

Target United Methodist Church, Holly Hill, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)
Target United Methodist Church, Holly Hill, South Carolina (Orangeburg County)

Target Methodist is in Orangeburg County, South Carolina.  The historical marker outside of the church and cemetery reads-

This church, founded about 1800, is one of the oldest Methodist congregations in this part of the state.  It takes its name from Target Branch, a nearby tributary of Four Holes Swamp.  The name “Target” is thought to be a corruption of the “tar gates” along the edges of the swamp, where tar, turpentine, and timber were harvested.  It held its first services in a brush arbor, with a sycamore stump for a pulpit.  It was one of several congregations long served by circuit riders, on the Cypress Circuit 1810-1855, then on the Providence Circuit 1855-1916.  It’s first permanent church, a log building, was rebuilt as a frame sanctuary in 1830.  A second frame church built in 1873 was replaced by the present sanctuary in 1920.  The cemetery here includes graves dating as early as 1820.”

Sardis Methodist

Sardis Methodist Church, Branchville, Orangeburg County, South C
Sardis Methodist Church, Branchville, Orangeburg County, South Carolina

The history of Sardist Methodist Church in Orangeburg County, South Carolina dates back to before the Revolutionary War.  The old wooden building standing today is the third, built in 1872.  The church isn’t used on a regular basis any longer, but the small cemetery surrounding the building is still maintained.  It includes an “Unknown Indian Grave” among the burials primarily from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

South Carolina Churches

St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Euhaw, South Carolina
St. Stephens United Methodist Church, Euhaw, South Carolina

Adding in some miscellaneous South Carolina Churches around the state.  St. Stephens United Methodist is in Euhaw.  I’m unsure on how old it is.

St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Barnwell, South Carolina
St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Barnwell, South Carolina

The oldest church in Barnwell, St. Andrew’s Chapel was built in 1831.  It’s also the oldest original Catholic church in the state.  Some changes to the building were made in the second half of the 20th century and a very small cemetery is behind the building.

St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken, South Carolina
St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken, South Carolina

St. Mary Help of Christians is a large Catholic church in downtown Aiken.  It was founded in 1853 and a PDF of it’s history can be downloaded at this link.  The third church building was dedicated in 1905.

Friendship Baptist Church, Aiken, South Carolina
Friendship Baptist Church, Aiken, South Carolina

Friendship African Baptist Church, also in Aiken, recently celebrated 150 years.   Started by an ex-slave, the church was created for black worshipers after a local race riot.   This brick building is the replacement of the original destroyed by fire, and was completed in 1894.

Oakwood Baptist Church, Aiken County, South Carolina
Oakwood Baptist Church, Aiken County, South Carolina

Oakwood Baptist is affiliated with Randall Branch Baptist Church outside of Aiken.

St. Jude's Church, Walterboro, South Carolina
St. Jude’s Church, Walterboro, South Carolina

St. Jude’s Anglican Church, in Walterboro, was established in 1706 and is related to St. Bartholomew Parish.  Parishioners worshiped at the Pon Pon Chapel of Ease for a time, but a chapel was built in 1822 on a local planter’s retreat.  Once Pon Pon Chapel was destroyed in 1832,  services were moved to Walterboro full time.  A tornado destroyed an earlier version of St. Jude’s and this building was completed in 1882.

Sheldon Chapel Episcopal, South Carolina
Sheldon Chapel Episcopal, South Carolina

I was driving to Stoney Creek Presbyterian and saw this little chapel at the end of the road leading to it.  So of course I had to grab a quick shot.  The little sign in front says “Sheldon Chapel Episcopal, formerly of Prince William Parish 1745“.  It’s in Hampton County.

St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pendleton, South Carolina
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pendleton, South Carolina

On the way to Clemson, South Carolina for a recent football game, I made a short detour into Pendleton, South Carolina to get a couple of photos of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  It was built in 1822 to serve families locating from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and some other areas.  Pendleton was a trading center between the coastal areas of South Carolina and the Cherokee Trading Path and was also known for fine cabinet and carriage makers and for ironwork.  A cemetery surrounds the church and includes Civil War veterans and Thomas Clemson, a philanthropist from Philadelphia who donated the land and money to establish an agricultural college that was later renamed in his honor.