Oakway in Oconee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Center Methodist Church
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
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.)
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.)
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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 468 times since then. 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.