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Pomaria in Newberry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mount Bethel Academy

 
 
Mount Bethel Academy Marker - Front image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 1, 2008
1. Mount Bethel Academy Marker - Front
Inscription.
[Front]
Located about one mile northeast on land conveyed by Edward Finch, this school, the first Methodist educational venture in the state, was established by Bishop Francis Asbury and opened by him, 1795. A number of Mt. Bethel students became the first S.C. College graduates. The first Methodist conference in S.C. outside Charleston met here at Finch's house in 1793.

[Reverse]
Mount Bethel Academy Among the leading citizens who attended this school, which opened 1795 and closed ca.1820, was William Harper, United States senator and judge. William Harper was the son of John Harper, who, in 1803, founded Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia and is buried in the cemetery near the Mount Bethel school site.
 
Erected 1987 by Washington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia. (Marker Number 36-11.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
 
Location. 34° 22.5′ N, 81° 32.233′ W. Marker is in Pomaria, South Carolina, in Newberry County. Marker is on US Highway 176, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located about 0.7 mile northwest of Browns Crossroads. Marker is in this post office area: Pomaria SC 29126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Mount Bethel Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 1, 2008
2. Mount Bethel Academy Marker
At least 10 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Methodist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); R. Aubrey Harley Bridge (approx. 7.9 miles away); Newberry College Historic District (approx. 8 miles away); Newberry College (approx. 8 miles away); Mollohon Mill and Village (approx. 8.3 miles away); Newberry (approx. 8.4 miles away); Old Court House (approx. 8.4 miles away); Vietnam War (approx. 8.4 miles away); Korean War (approx. 8.4 miles away); The Opera House (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Francis Asbury. Francis Asbury (August 20, 1745 – March 31, 1816) was one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. The Pioneer Bishop, or the Life & Times of Bishop Francis Asbury, by William Peter Strickland. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Biography of Elisha Hammond. Hammond was principal of Mount Bethel Academy from 1803-1803 and from 1807-1815. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. William Harper, Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Harper, William, a Senator from South Carolina; born on the island of Antigua, West Indies, January 17, 1790. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Tribute to first commencement highlights this year's ceremonies.
Mount Bethel Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, November 1, 2008
3. Mount Bethel Academy Marker
Looking northwest on US Highway 176.
November 2007 article detailing the year's commencement, noting that the first five graduates of the University of South Carolina, all hailed from Mount Bethel. Their descendants, over 250, gathered at the commencement. (Submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Francis Asbury, Founder of Mount Bethel Academy image. Click for full size.
By Bishop Asbury Cottage Photo Gallery
4. Francis Asbury, Founder of Mount Bethel Academy
Senator William Harper, Graduate of Mount Bethel Academy image. Click for full size.
South Carolinian Library
5. Senator William Harper, Graduate of Mount Bethel Academy
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,013 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 1, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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