Wesley Chapel is just west of Florence, South Carolina and was founded near the end of the 18th century. The church was renamed Wesley Chapel in 1834 in honor of the British founder of Methodism. The building standing today (pictured above) was built in 1908.
Built in 1895, Summerville Presbyterian Church is actually part of a much older congregation. Near Charleston, the area was settled by Puritans relocating from New England and the town of Summerville originated as a summer hub for the low country of South Carolina’s farmers. After the Civil War, wealthy northerners began to winter there as well and it grew to be considered a southern resort area. The current church replaced a building built in 1831 damaged by an earthquake.
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.
White Hall African Methodist Episcopal Church is located near Jenkinsville, South Carolina, north of Columbia. It was built in 1867 and was the first African American church built in the county.
Smyrna Baptist Church was organized in 1827 and originally called Kirkland Church after its Reverand. In 1836 the name was changed to Smyrna Baptist. It’s located off of Highway 22, near Allendale, South Carolina. The architecture is an antebellum frame structure of meeting house design on a brick foundation. It’s uncertain when the building was built but the best estimate is 1827. A metal roof was added in the 1970s and the church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. A small cemetery surrounds the structure where many of Allendale’s earliest prominent families were buried.
Another small town church. Happy Home Baptist is found in Allendale, South Carolina. Although the congregation was formed just after the Civil War and originally used the name Zion Branch Baptist Church, it later renamed and this Gothic Revival brick church was built in 1911.
Although Blackville Methodist Church in South Carolina dates from the mid-19th century, the original church burned in 1887. The foundation survived, but it wasn’t until 1897 that the building shown here was constructed.