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Sycamore in Allendale County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bethel Baptist Church

 
 
Bethel Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
1. Bethel Baptist Church Marker
Inscription.  (Front Text )
This church was organized in 1851 by Revs. Lewis Parker and John Hoover, with twelve charter members and Rev. Hoover as its first minister. The congregation has worshipped on this site, on land donated by Mathias Mathis, since it was organized. It first met under a brush arbor, then in a log church built in 1852. The second sanctuary here, a frame church, was built in 1887.
( Reverse Text )
The present sanctuary here, built in 1949, is attached to the 1887 church; it was remodeled in 1984 and again in 1991. Four members later became Southern Baptist ministers: Revs. W.E. Weekley, W.H. Dowling, G.D. Kinard and W.E. Brant. Pastors with the longest tenures at Bethel were Revs. John Hoover ( 1851 ~ 68 ) and L.S. Shealy ( 1917 ~ 20 and 1934 ~ 47 ).
 
Erected 2001 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 3-10.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
 
Location. 33° 2.417′ N, 81° 9.613′ W. Marker is in Sycamore, South
Bethel Baptist Church Marker side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
2. Bethel Baptist Church Marker side 2
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Carolina, in Allendale County. Marker is at the intersection of Confederate Highway (State Highway 640) and Bethel Church Road (State Highway S-3-106), on the right when traveling east on Confederate Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sycamore SC 29846, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old St. Nicholas Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Harmony Baptist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); St. Nicholas Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Rivers' Bridge (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sycamore.
 
Artist Concept of a " Brush Arbor ", as mentioned on Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Artist Concept of a " Brush Arbor ", as mentioned on Marker
Bethel Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Bethel Baptist Church
Organized January 1851
First Building Erected About 1852
Second Building Erected 1887
Renovated 1949, 1984, 1991
Bethel Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 2008
5. Bethel Baptist Church
Bethel Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
6. Bethel Baptist Church Marker
The church has worshipped on this site since it was organized in 1851.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,160 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 18, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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