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Freedom's Hill Church

 
 
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By Brian Scott, January 9, 2009
1. Freedom's Hill Church Marker
Inscription.  
First Wesleyan Methodist
Church in the South
1848

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1848.
 
Location. 34° 43.617′ N, 82° 45.817′ W. Marker is in Central, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Wesleyan Drive, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University, near the intersection of Wesleyan and Nicholson Drives. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 Wesleyan Drive, Central SC 29630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Central History Museum (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named The Central History Museum (approx. one mile away); Bertha Evans Morgan Rose Garden (approx. one mile away); Central (approx. 1.1 miles away); John C. Calhoun Memorial Highway (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Piazza (approx. 3.4 miles away); Ashtabula (approx. 3.4 miles away); Keowee / John Ewing Colhoun
Freedom's Hill Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 9, 2009
2. Freedom's Hill Church and Marker
Built in 1847 in the Snow Camp community of Alamance County, North Carolina. The first Wesleyan Methodist Church in the South, begun by a congregation which was against slavery. Moved to this site in 1999.
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(approx. 3.9 miles away); Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Gateway (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hanover House (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Central.
 
Also see . . .
1. Central Heritage Society: Freedom's Hill Church. In October of 1847, a Wesleyan Methodist Minister, who loved God and hated slavery accepted a call to pastor a new congregation of Southern Christians who had taken the same courageous stand in the turbulent years before the Civil War. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Southern Wesleyan University: Freedom's Hill Church. Originally built in the Snow Camp community of what is now Alamance County, N.C. and dedicated in March 1848, Freedom's Hill is now located on the Southern Wesleyan University campus. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Wesleyan Methodist Church. The Wesleyan Methodist Church was a Methodist denomination in the United States organized on May 13, 1841. (Submitted on December 27, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Rev. Adam Crooks. Rev. Adam Crooks (May 3, 1824 – December 15, 1874) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister who promoted total abstinence
Freedom's Hill Church - Side (East) Wall Detail image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 9, 2009
3. Freedom's Hill Church - Side (East) Wall Detail
from alcohol and the abolition of slavery. (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Freedom's Hill Church
Standing as a monument to the courageous anti-slavery movement, Freedom's Hill church dates back to the 1840s, when a congregation of like-minded Southern Christians came together in opposition to slavery. Originally built in the Snow Camp community of what is not Alamance County, North Carolina, this modest wooden church was moved and is today located on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University. Student-led worship services and interpretive programs are the focus of the chapel; a heritage center is soon to be built adjacent to the church. (Source: The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor: Guide to Region 1, brochure.)
    — Submitted January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
 
Freedom's Hill Church image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 9, 2009
4. Freedom's Hill Church
Rev. Adam Crooks<br>May 3, 1824 – December 15, 1874 image. Click for full size.
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5. Rev. Adam Crooks
May 3, 1824 – December 15, 1874
Wesleyan Methodist Minister
Founder of Freedom's Hill Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,713 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 17, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on December 27, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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