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Oakway in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Center Methodist Church

Established 1860's

 
 
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By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
1. Center Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.
Before the building was constructed, the Pickens Circuit of the Methodist conference used the grounds for their camp meetings. Throughout the years the church changed circuits from Pickens to Townville to Westminster and back to Townville. Being in the remotest reached in South Carolina, Oconee County was sparsely populated in the 1800s. Permanent church structures were few and far between and camp meetings served both religious and social purposes. Like so many rural churches in Southern Appalachia, once the permanent church was erected Center Church continued to play a vital religious and social role in the surrounding communities of Oakway and Crossroads. In 1934 the Methodist conference decided to discontinue operation of Center Methodist and transferred all church membership to Townville Methodist. However records indicate that members continued to meet for services for several years afterwards.

In late 2009 the United Methodist Conference of South Carolina gave Center Methodist Church and property to the Oconee Heritage Center in order to preserve and interpret Oconee's abundant religious history. The Oconee Heritage Center of a 501(c)3 non-profit museum and historic preservation organization based in Walhalla, South Carolina. Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in helping to restore and preserve
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By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
2. Center Methodist Church Marker
this wonderful church and cemetery. Burials are limited to direct family members only and must be approved by the Oconee Heritage Center. Center Church is also available for event rentals and weddings.
 
Erected by Oconee Heritage Center.
 
Location. 34° 35.867′ N, 83° 0.438′ W. Marker is in Oakway, South Carolina, in Oconee County. Marker is on West Oak Highway (State Highway 24), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westminster SC 29693, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Capt. Samuel Earle (approx. 2.4 miles away); Retreat Rosenwald School (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Soil Conservation District Plan (approx. 5.9 miles away); Nazareth on the Beaverdam Presbyterian Church / Townville Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Seneca Institute / Seneca Junior College (approx. 6.3 miles away); Townville Presbyterian Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); Seneca (approx. 6.7 miles away); Seneca Firsts (approx. 6.7 miles away); Wall of Honor (approx. 6.8 miles away); Oconee County Training School (approx. 6.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Center Methodist Church Cemetery Index. (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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3. Center Methodist Church and Marker

2. Sisters Help Preserve Center Church Near Westminster for Years, Mission is Now Passed On. The Mason sisters have always been able to look out their front door in the Oakway community and see the one-room church across the street. (Submitted on May 19, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Oconee Heritage Center. Located in Walhalla, South Carolina, the Oconee Heritage Center (OHC) brings history back to life through museum exhibits, educational programs, festivals and much more. (Submitted on March 19, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
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By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
4. Center Methodist Church
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5. Center Methodist Church
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6. Center Methodist Church (Rear)
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7. Center Methodist Church (Rear)
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8. Center Methodist Church (Rear)
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9. Center Methodist Church Cemetery
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10. Center Methodist Church Cemetery
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11. Center Methodist Church Cemetery
James Hanserd Black Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
12. James Hanserd Black Tombstone
Pvt Co D 18 SC Regt
Confederate States Army
1842-1910
Corporal Sanford S. Cain Tombstone image. Click for full size.
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13. Corporal Sanford S. Cain Tombstone
Born
July 23, 1896
Wounded in France
in the World War
Sept. 10th, Died
Sept. 11, 1918
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Battery C 21st
Field Artillery
Miles Kennedy Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
14. Miles Kennedy Tombstone
1854-1911
J. Frank & Talulah E. Graham Tombstone image. Click for full size.
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15. J. Frank & Talulah E. Graham Tombstone
William H. & Mary Elizabeth Day McDonald Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
16. William H. & Mary Elizabeth Day McDonald Tombstone
Corrie V. Bruce Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 28, 2012
17. Corrie V. Bruce Tombstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. submitted on March 19, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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