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Providence Community, Holly Hill in Orangeburg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Providence Methodist Church

 
 
Providence Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2011
1. Providence Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  (Front text)
This church grew out of services held in the area by circuit riders as early as 1806. Its first church, a log building, was built on what is now Vance Rd., 1/2 mi. SW. About 1810 Timothy Shuler donated 4 acres here for a frame sanctuary, built soon afterwards. It was renovated in the 1850s and again in the 1890s.
(Reverse text)
The present Neo-Classical Revival brick church, built in 1919-1920, was designed by Charles Coker Wilson. The cemetery here dates back to 1856 and numbers more than 400 graves, including veterans of most American wars since. The church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
 
Erected 2011 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 38-35.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1806.
 
Location. 33° 23.525′ N, 80° 32.457′ W. Marker is in Providence Community, Holly Hill, South Carolina, in Orangeburg County. Marker is on Old State Road (U.S. 176) near
Providence Methodist Church Marker, rear text image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 2011
2. Providence Methodist Church Marker, rear text
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Vance Road (South Carolina Highway 210), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4833 Old State Road, Holly Hill SC 29059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bart's Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Walnut Grove Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. (approx. 5.1 miles away); Target Methodist Church (approx. 6½ miles away); Liberty Garden (approx. 8.2 miles away); Moorefield Memorial Highway (approx. 8.4 miles away); Shady Grove Camp Ground (approx. 8.6 miles away); Captain Richard A Morris (approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Providence Methodist Church. National Register of Historic Places:
Providence Methodist Church (added 2009 - - #08001395)
Also known as Providence United Methodist Church
4833 Old State Rd. , Holly Hill
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering
♦ Architect, builder, or engineer: Wilson, Charles Coker, Spencer, G.W.
♦ Architectural Style: Classical Revival
♦ Area of Significance: Architecture
♦ Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874
♦ Owner: Private
♦ Historic Function: Religion
♦ Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
♦ Current Function: Religion
Providence Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 23, 2011
3. Providence Methodist Church Marker
Blessing and dedication of the marker on September 11, after Sunday and the 10 year memorial services.

Current Sub-function: Religious Structure

Providence Methodist Church, constructed in 1919-20, is significant architecturally as an outstanding and remarkable example of an early twentieth-century Neo-Classical sanctuary in rural lower South Carolina. The church was designed by the renowned Columbia, South Carolina architect Charles Coker Wilson, one of the most successful and influential South Carolina architects of the early twentieth century. The church building, inclusive of the sanctuary and rear educational/administrative wings, is laid out in a slightly modified cruciform plan and features a gable-front, temple-form, edifice with a central tetrastyle portico, simplified Roman Doric order limestone columns, pilasters and entablature, a boxed cornice with pedimented gables, numerous bull’s eye windows, and remarkable large stained glass Palladian windows. In particular, its outstanding sanctuary windows, which church members insist were purchased from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s studio at the time of construction, make the church a noteworthy property combining Wilson’s fine church architecture with outstanding examples of early twentieth-century art glass. To the rear of the church is a large cemetery that contributes to the significance of the property. It contains the burial plots of more than 400 parishioners and community members dating to 1856, though fewer
Providence Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 23, 2011
4. Providence Methodist Church
than fifteen individuals were buried there prior to 1880. Listed in the National Register September 25, 2009.(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
National Register of Historic Places Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 23, 2011
5. National Register of Historic Places Medallion
Providence Methodist Church (added 2009 - - #08001395)
National Register Medallion seen at left of door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 23, 2011
6. National Register Medallion seen at left of door
Providence Methodist Church, Interior-Palladian Window image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2009
7. Providence Methodist Church, Interior-Palladian Window
Providence Methodist Church, Interior-Chancel image. Click for full size.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, circa 2009
8. Providence Methodist Church, Interior-Chancel
Providence Methodist Church Old church photo found inside image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
9. Providence Methodist Church Old church photo found inside
Providence Methodist Church old photo of the new church, found inside image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
10. Providence Methodist Church old photo of the new church, found inside
Providence Methodist Church Cemetery as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
11. Providence Methodist Church Cemetery as mentioned
Providence Methodist Church, stained glass Palladian window, southeast side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
12. Providence Methodist Church, stained glass Palladian window, southeast side
Providence Methodist Church Marker, looking west along Old State Road (U.S. 176) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
13. Providence Methodist Church Marker, looking west along Old State Road (U.S. 176)
Providence Methodist Church Marker, looking east image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 8, 2011
14. Providence Methodist Church Marker, looking east
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 481 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 8, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   12, 13, 14. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.

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