Trenton in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Horns Creek Baptist Church / Revolutionary Skirmish at Horns Creek
at Horns Creek
Erected 1974 by Edgefield County Historical Society and Edgefield County Council. (Marker Number 19-6.)
Location. 33° 43.283′ N, 81° 56.183′ W. Marker is in Trenton, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Old Stage Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is about six miles south of Edgefield, near the intersection of Old Stage and Yarborough Roads (both dirt roads). Marker is in this post office area: Trenton SC 29847, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as Horn's Creek Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Darby (approx. 3.8 miles away); Benjamin Ryan Tillman (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Gary Evans (approx. 4.1 miles away); John Calhoun Sheppard (approx. 4.2 miles away); James Strom Thurmond (approx. 4.3 miles away); Milledge Luke Bonham (approx. 4.3 miles away); Richard Tutt House / Tutt Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Francis Wilkinson Pickens (approx. 4.3 miles away); James Henry Hammond (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Trenton.
Regarding Horns Creek Baptist Church / Revolutionary Skirmish at Horns Creek. Despite its run-down condition, the interior ceiling paintings are in remarkably good shape and do not seem to be fading with age. Some have reported that as the church decays, the paintings grow more vivid. This has led to the suspicion that supernatural powers at work in the church. Local legend says that a mother and her daughter died in a carriage accident on a local bridge. (Incidentally, this bridge is one of the many in South Carolina with a Cry-Baby legend.)
Also see . . .
1. Horns Creek Baptist Church. One of the oldest Baptist churches in the South Carolina Upcountry, Horn Creek was incorporated in 1790. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. "Bloody pentagram found inside Horn Creek Baptist Church", Edgefield Daily, March 25, 2008. Historic Horn Creek Baptist Church continues to be a place widely regarded as haunted and that draws many thrill seekers, mainly teens, and some self-proclaimed ghost hunters to the 218 year-old rural church. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. "Historic Church suffers from vandalism", Edgefield Daily, November 17, 2006. Horn's Creek Baptist Church, incorporated in 1790 and placed on the National Historic Register in 1971, has seen the restoration done in 1988 completely washed away due to vandalism. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. "A Horn's Creek Church Ghost in the mirror?", Edgefield Daily, Mach 19, 2008. EdgefieldDaily.com received a picture sent in by some area young adults that they claim shows a ghost when the picture was taken at the Horn Creek Baptist Church. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. 225 years ago today - Horn Creek, South Carolina. After the action at Beattie’s Mill, General Pickens began to systematically reduce Loyalist strongholds and gather forces. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. Horn's Creek Baptist Church (Submitted on January 1, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
7. Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church (Hardy's) Marker. Marker located in North Augusta, dedicated to Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church, founded by Daniel Marshall. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
8. Bush River Church Marker. Marker located in Gary, SC, dedicated to Bush River Church, founded by Daniel Marshall. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
9. Elijah Clark Memorial State Park. Scroll to the bottom for photo of the Marshall Monument, erected in honor of Daniel Marshall. (Submitted on August 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Horn Creek Baptist Church
Horn Creek Baptist Church, incorporated in 1790, a simple one-roomed country church, has no electricity and remains essentially unchanged. Supported by fieldstone foundation piers, the church has wooden steps; two front door hinged to fold in center; wide board floors and louver shutters. Door behind pulpit leads to creek for baptizing. Adjoining cemetery has excellent iron
One of oldest Baptist churches in South Carolina up country, Horn Creek was incorporated in 1790. One of few remaining meeting house style churches reflecting austere simplicity and manifesting frugality of early settlers. Revolutionary activity in the Horn Creek area included 1781 skirmish in which Patriots, Captain Thomas Kee of Colonel Leroy Hammond’s regiment, attacked Tory party under Captain Clark. Clark was killed, and entire company made prisoners. Church burial ground has 18th century graves in fair condition. Plot fencing very from ornate iron work to old wooden pickets. (Source: National Register nomination form.)
— Submitted August 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
2. Early Back-Country Churches: Horns Creek Church
Horns Creek Church, located about five miles south of the town of Edgefield and said to have been constituted about 1768, was probably a branch of Stephens Creek Church, though the history of its early years is lost. Rev. Messrs. Daniel Marshall, Saunders Walker, and Benjamin Harry covered
"Hezekiah Walker, John Frasier, and Samuel Walker with several other members...did their petition" ask and obtain incorporation by act of January 20, 1790, naming "The Baptist Church on Horns Creek in Edgefield County, in the State of South Carolina." John Bolger, a candidate for the ministry in 1792, soon left them.
Horns Creek asked dismissal from Georgia Association in 1801 to enter the Bethel Association in the next years. The important men in the congregation in 1802 were Samuel March and John Landrum, both of whom were ministers in 1803. This was a large and active church.
A second Horns Creek Church appears to have existed in 1790, which may have been a branch of Horns Creek. though more probably of Stephens Creek. Nothing is known of its location or history beyond the fact that Benjamin Harry was minister and the membership varied from twenty to twenty-five between 1790 and 1794. (Source: South Carolina Baptists, 1670-1805 by Leah Townsend (1974),
— Submitted January 1, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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