Bethel United Methodist Church
Established in 1856 by French Huguenot families with the consolidation of Lodebar, Rembert, Clark, and Sardis Methodist Churches, all dating from the early settlement of Sumter District. The first minister was Rev. Bond English; trustees were James W. Rembert, W. F. Deschamps, Leonard Brown, Dr. Henry I. Abbott, Alex M. Watts, D. A. Foxworth, M. T. McLeod, N. S. Punch, and Rev. Henry D. Green.
Members donated materials and both free and slave labor to construct the sanctuary, completed in 1858 under the supervision of James W. Rembert. Galleries were removed and ceilings lowered in 1887, and Sunday School rooms were added in 1951. This community was first named Lodebar for the nearby camp ground founded in 1787, but was renamed Bethel for this church in 1856. It has been known as Oswego since 1890.
Erected 1996 by Sumter County Historical Commission. (Marker Number 43-28.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 34° 2.078′ N, 80°
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rev. John Leighton Wilson, D.D. (approx. 5.4 miles away); Beulah School (approx. 5˝ miles away); Rembert Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Mayesville Story (approx. 5.6 miles away); Rembert Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune (approx. 5.8 miles away); Rev. Thomas Reese English (approx. 6.7 miles away).
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