Beech Island in Aiken County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Beech Island Baptist Church
This church was organized in the Beech Island Academy on January 21, 1832, with Rev. Iverson Brooks as its first minister and Mathias Ardis and Randolph Bradford as its first deacons. This sanctuary, built on land donated by James T. Gardner and Abner Whatley, with lumber, other materials, and carpenters donated by Dawson Atkinson, was dedicated in September 1832; the Sunday School was organized in 1839.
Charter members of Beech Island Baptist Church were Mathias and Louisa Ardis, Dawson and Marie Atkinson, Randolph Bradford, John and Ann Everett, James T. Gardner, Samuel and Rebecca Gardner, Eliza Gray, James Hankinson, Lida Lamar, Jonathan Miller, Pranmore Owens, John and Harriet Swain, Briton and Adeline Ware, Abner and Elizabeth Whatley, and Edmond Whatley.
Erected 1996 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 2–14.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Notable Places. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1865.
Location. 33° 25.779′ N, 81° 52.151′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 170 Church Rd, Beech Island SC 29842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Downer Institute & School / Downer School, 1924–1986 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Redcliffe Plantation (approx. one mile away); Silver Bluff Baptist Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Savannah Town / Fort Moore (approx. 2˝ miles away); Jefferson High School / Rev. Austin Jefferson, Sr. (approx. 4.7 miles away); Storm Branch Baptist Church (approx. 4.7 miles away); Signal Corps Aviation School (approx. 4.8 miles away in Georgia); Jacksonville School / Jacksonville Lodge (approx. 5.1 miles away); Home of Governor Telfair (approx. 5.3 miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beech Island.
Also see . . . Mathias Ardis: The Facts as We Know Them. Mathias/Matthias Ardis/Ardeis was born 1724 October 29, place unknown. (Submitted on March 15, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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