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Johns Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

John's Island Presbyterian Church

 
 
John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
1. John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. Founded by early English, Scottish, and French settlers about 1710, this is one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations in South Carolina. The original sanctuary, believed to have been built about 1719, was enlarged in 1823.
 
Erected 1960 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 10-2.)
 
Location. 32° 41.141′ N, 80° 4.926′ W. Marker is in Johns Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Bohicket Road (State Highway 10-20) near Donnelly Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2550 Bohicket Road, Johns Island SC 29455, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Progressive Club (approx. 2.5 miles away); Federal Expedition on John's Island / Battle of Burden's Causeway (approx. 4.2 miles away); Belvidere School Site (approx. 6.1 miles away); Plainsfield Plantation (approx. 6.4 miles away); Battle of Sol-Legare Island (approx. 6.7 miles away); St. Paul's, Stono / St. Paul's Churchyard (approx. 7.3 miles away); Battery Number 5 (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Stono Rebellion (1739) (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Johns Island.
 
Regarding John's Island Presbyterian Church.
John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, as seen looking north along Bohicket Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
2. John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, as seen looking north along Bohicket Road
National Register of Historic Places:
John's Island Presbyterian Church (added 1975 - - #75001692)
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Architectural Style: Other, Colonial
♦ Area of Significance: Politics/Government, Architecture, Social History
♦ Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1750-1799, 1700-1749
♦ Historic Function: Funerary, Religion


Originally called John’s Island and Wadmalaw Church, the name was shorted to John’s Island Presbyterian Church in 1925. The date of the present church building is under dispute. According to local tradition it was built in 1719 and remodeled in 1792. However, Chancery Court proceedings of 1840 and 1842 refer to pulling down an old church and rebuilding a new one in 1822. A church school addition was built across the rear of the church in 1935. The frame meeting house church was one of the most prevalent styles of early church architecture in South Carolina. Containing refinements such as fanlights, arched windows, and interior balcony paneling, the church gives evidence of the builder’s attention to details and the wealth and prominence of its members, lowcountry planters. The front façade of this T-shaped clapboard structure consists of two front entryways with three-paneled double doors. Centered between the doors is an arched window with
John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, looking south along Bohicket Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
3. John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, looking south along Bohicket Road
panel shutters. The spoked arch of the window is repeated in the fanlights of the doors. Centered in a boxed gable end is a semi-elliptical wooden fan. The church has beaded siding. The steeply-pitched roof has been covered with asbestos shingles. The church is surrounded by an open grassy area, part of which is the cemetery. Listed in the National Register November 3, 1975.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
John's Island Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
4. John's Island Presbyterian Church
National Register of Historic Places Medallion on left gatepost image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
5. National Register of Historic Places Medallion on left gatepost
John's Island Presbyterian Church (added 1975 - - #75001692)
Lower Medallion-
American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. 114
Registered by The Presbyterian Historical Society Philadelphia, Pa.
John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, right gatepost image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
6. John's Island Presbyterian Church Marker, right gatepost
John's Island
Presbyterian Church
Organized 1710
Erected About 1719
Lux Lucet In Tenebris
(Light in Darkness)
John's Island Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, November 6, 2011
7. John's Island Presbyterian Church
John's Island Presbyterian Church with cemetery image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History: Hillary King & Jamie D., January 26, 2007
8. John's Island Presbyterian Church with cemetery
 
 
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