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.
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.
I stopped by this historic weatherboard framed church in the middle of the day when the light wasn’t at its best. But a caretaker happened to be cleaning up at the time and invited me to see the interior, which turned out to be good luck. One of the more interesting views was seeing all the original scribbles that were still in the pews dating back to the 19th century. The church itself, near Olar, South Carolina, was built in 1856 and includes both Greek Revival and Gothic Revival features. It’s said to be the only building in the area to survive destruction from the Union troops during the Civil War. Today, the church is still active and is included on the National Register of Historic Places ( http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/bamberg/S10817705006/index.htm ).
Gillisonville Baptist Church in Jasper County, South Carolina was built in 1838. It’s another Greek Revival church and has brick foundation piers and Doric columns. Although it wasn’t destroyed during the Civil War, it did serve as headquarters for some Union troops for part of the conflict. Today it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Euhaw Baptist Church in Ridgeland, South Carolina has a past dating back to Scottish settlements in the late 17th century. This congregation broke off from that original group and started their own church in 1745, first in Grahamville and later to Ridgeland. Like many churches in South Carolina during the Civil War, it was burnt by Union troops. After being restored, it was later destroyed by a forest fire in 1904. The church pictured here was rebuilt in 1905 and today the congregation uses a more recent building added adjacent.