Just around the corner from Liberty Baptist is Grooverville Methodist Church. Grooverville Methodist was founded by a plantation owner in 1832 who started by holding a Bible study and worship services a few miles from this location. A log church was later built and originally known as Lebanon. In 1856 the decision was made to move the church to Grooverville which was more of a central location for the local Methodists. The church was used until the late 1990s and then largely forgotten. In 2017 it was privately purchased with plans to renovate and share the historic building with the surrounding community.
Liberty Baptist Church is located in Grooverville, Georgia, a little south of Boston. The Greek Revival building was completed circa 1858 when the area was more heavily populated. Today it’s surrounded by farming property and dirt roads, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church is located in Aiken, South Carolina. The original building from 1842 still stands, though it was remodeled extensively in 1926. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Not far from St. James. A.M.E. in Walterboro, South Carolina is the Victorian church originally known as “The Atonement Mission”. It was built in 1896 by St. Jude’s Episcopal Church as a mission to help establish an African American congregation. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Walterboro Historic District.
Robertville Baptist Church is another Greek Revival church located in South Carolina. It was built in 1847 by an Episcopalian congregation and later purchased and moved to the current spot just after the Civil War. The church history dates to 1781 when the Welsh and Huguenots settled in the area and it was known then as Black Swamp Baptist Church. The name was later changed in 1934 in honor of an earlier Huguenot minister named Pierre Robert. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.
When I see a South Carolina church dating to the Civil War era still standing, I’m always surprised. But this Methodist church in Hardeeville, South Carolina was one of the lucky ones spared destruction. Built in 1860, it was used during the war as a temporary hospital. The church also originally had an upper level slave gallery that was removed in the 1880s.