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Gadsden vicinity in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Richland Presbyterian Church

 
 
Richland Presbyterian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
1. Richland Presbyterian Church Marker
Inscription. (Front text)
This church building was dedicated in May 1884 by Dr. John L. Girardeau. The congregation of 11 members, including 2 elders and 1 deacon, was organized on the Sabbath Day, November 16, 1883 by the Charleston Presbytery. In 1914, the church became a charter member of Congaree Presbytery, moving to Eastover in August 1922.
(Reverse text)
The eleven charter members of this church were Thomas and Lula B. Auld, Augusta H. Bates, Joseph and Clair H. Bates, Elise M. Dwight, Peter and Isabel H. Garick, Glenn and Hattie H. Kaminer, and Belton A. Williams.
 
Erected 1980 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 40-87.)
 
Location. 33° 50.639′ N, 80° 42.039′ W. Marker is in Gadsden vicinity, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Fork Church Road (State Highway 40-1314), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located between Jack Paul Road and Harold C Hill Road, approx. 500 yards west of Poultry Ln. (State Road 40-56). Marker is in this post office area: Gadsden SC 29052, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastover (approx. 2.3 miles away); Kingville (approx.
Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, reverse side image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
2. Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, reverse side
2.7 miles away); St. Phillip A.M.E. Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kensington (approx. 3 miles away); Gadsden (approx. 3.9 miles away); Congaree River Ferries (approx. 6.5 miles away); John M. Bates Bridge (approx. 6.8 miles away); Robert H. Morrell Road (approx. 7.5 miles away).
 
Regarding Richland Presbyterian Church. Richland Presbyterian Church is significant as a rare virtually unaltered example of the nineteenth century rural, vernacular church. Its congregation was probably the first organized Presbyterian church in lower Richland County, having its roots in a mission Sunday School established there in 1873. This church was not constructed until 1883, when people of the community with both Lutheran and Presbyterian backgrounds joined together to erect a building on land purchased from the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was dedicated with eleven members by the Reverend John L. Girardeau, Presbyterian theologian, in May 1884. The building remained in use until 1922, when a new brick church in the town of Eastover was completed and occupied. The effort toward relocation had begun in 1919, when the congregation
Richland Presbyterian Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
3. Richland Presbyterian Church and Marker
decided that more people could be served if a move to the nearby town was undertaken. The meeting house form building’s primary feature is an octagonal entrance tower on its façade. The tower has a Gothic-arched portal in its forward facet, with single windows in flanking facets. Louvered vents are located in the upper stage of the tower. An octagonal hipped roof with flared eaves rises to a metal finial at the top of the tower. The spartan interior of the church has original plaster walls and board-and-batten ceiling. An iron fence surrounds the adjacent cemetery. Listed in the National Register March 27, 1986. ( Historic Resources of Lower Richland County, South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Richland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
4. Richland Presbyterian Church
National Register of Historic Places: Richland Presbyterian Church ** (added 1986 - - #86000533) Also known as Old Richland Presbyterian Church
♦ Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
♦Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown
♦Architectural Style: No Style Listed
♦Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
♦Period of Significance: 1875-1899
♦Owner: Private
♦Historic Function: Religion
♦Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
Richland Presbyterian Church Front Door image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
5. Richland Presbyterian Church Front Door
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By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
6. Richland Presbyterian Church
American Revolution Bicentennial Richland County Committee Landmark 152 Medallion
Richland Presbyterian Church Marker and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
7. Richland Presbyterian Church Marker and Cemetery
Richland Presbyterian Church Original Gate with marker in the background image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, March 20, 2011
8. Richland Presbyterian Church Original Gate with marker in the background
Richland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Original Gate circa 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
9. Richland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Original Gate circa 1910
Richland Presbyterian Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
10. Richland Presbyterian Church Cemetery
An iron fence surrounds the adjacent cemetery.
Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, looking west along Fork Church Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
11. Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, looking west along Fork Church Road
Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, looking back east, along Fork Church Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
12. Richland Presbyterian Church Marker, looking back east, along Fork Church Road
Richland Presbyterian Church eastside view image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 8, 2011
13. Richland Presbyterian Church eastside view
Interior of Richland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 28, 2011
14. Interior of Richland Presbyterian Church
Interior of Richland Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Anna Inbody, May 28, 2011
15. Interior of Richland Presbyterian Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 629 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8. submitted on August 18, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.   9, 10, 11, 12, 13. submitted on June 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   14, 15. submitted on August 18, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina.
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