Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Old Bethel Methodist Church
This church, built in 1797 in the meeting-house form, was dedicated in 1798 and completed in 1809. It is the oldest Methodist church standing in Charleston. Originally at the corner of Pitt and Calhoun Streets, Bethel Methodist Church was a congregation of white and black members, both free blacks and slaves. Many blacks left the church in 1833 during a dispute over seating. Though some later returned, many did not.
In 1852 the congregation moved this building west to face Calhoun Street, to make room for a new brick church, completed the next year. This church, called “Old Bethel,” was used for Sunday school before its black members acquired it in 1876. They kept the name Old Bethel and moved the church to this location in 1882. Old Bethel Methodist Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Erected 2011 by The Congregation. (Marker Number 10-72.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher marker series.
Location. 32° 47.057′ N, 79° 56.517′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Bethel United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Bethel Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Benjamin Lucas House (approx. 0.2 miles away); 66 Bull Street The John Cart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Blacklock House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cameron House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kornahrens-Guenveur House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nine College Way (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Regarding Old Bethel Methodist Church. National Register of Historic Places:
Old Bethel United Methodist Church *** (added 1975 - - #75001693)
Also known as Bethel Methodist Church 222 Calhoun St., Charleston
♦ Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
♦ Area of Significance: Black, Architecture, Religion
♦ Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1750-1799
♦ Historic Function: Religion
Begun in 1797 and completed in 1809, Old Bethel Methodist Church is the oldest Methodist church building still standing in Charleston. Construction
(South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
Categories. • African Americans • Churches & Religion •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 10, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 473 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 13, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.