A German immigrant named Conrad Ehrhardt founded the South Carolina town with the same name in 1851. Despite the story that says he arrived to the U.S. with only 25 cents, he promised that if God allowed him to prosper in his new land, he would build a church. He opened a mill, and although it took awhile, the Ehrhardt Memorial Lutheran Church was built in 1904. He died in 1908 and luckily he has this church to memorialize him, since his old home was demolished and the property it was on is now occupied by a shopping center.
The National Register of Historic Places lists the First Congregational Church in Turton to have been built in 1893. The plaque on the church shows 1892, but either way an older pioneer church in South Dakota. The “Country Gothic” style features a center tower and steeple with an open belfry and spire. The church was locked when I stopped by, so I included an interior photo taken through the window. Its history says that services were discontinued in 1963.
This restored church now serves as the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center in Alachua County, Florida. It originally served as an African-American church, having been built in 1907.
Abba Baptist Church is in an isolated spot in Irwin County, Georgia. The church organized in 1889 and this building was completed in 1907. The name used by the congregation has changed over the years, starting with Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, then New Mt. Zion at Abba and then to Abba Missionary Baptist Church.
Several miles southeast of Columbia is the historic Richland Presbyterian Church. Founded in 1883, the church was built a year later and used until the early 1920s when a new brick church was built in a neighboring town. The frame building features a tower with a gothic-arched portal and is essentially unaltered since construction. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. A cemetery lies just behind the church.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is at the edge of the small community of Jud, North Dakota. A sign over the entrance to the building shows a date of 1912.