Historic South Carolina Churches and Synagogues

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Historic Churches Charleston, South Carolina

Nowhere are the events, faith and lives of South Carolina families better documented than in historic South Carolina churches, synagogues and cemeteries. 

Visit such remarkable South Carolina churches and synagogues as the first separate African-American congregation established in the Palmetto State after the Civil War, the second oldest synagogue in the country, and the site of the “Mother Church of the Province” established in 1670 - known as the Lighthouse Church for the light that was placed in its steeple to help guide ships to port.

Use the search below to discover everything from historic 16th century churches in Charleston to the burial site of a captain during the War of 1812 in Jacksonboro.
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Magnolia Cemetery
The oldest public cemetery in Charleston, founded 1849 on the banks of the Cooper River, is listed on National Register of Historic Places. It is the final resting place for...
Mepkin Abbey
An active Trappist monastery that welcomes both men and women retreatants. Daily visitors are welcome. The former plantation home of Henry Laurens, Congressional Constitutional president, and later to publisher and...
Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church
Begun in 1866 as a brush arbor church, built of poles, tree branches and bushes by freed slaves. The first wooden structure was built by the church\'s congregation in 1874....
Mizpah Methodist Church
This church, which dates to 1856, survived burning by Union troops during the Civil War and is currently undergoing a restoration. It\'s located just off US 301 near the Allendale...
Mt. Nebo AME Zion Cemetery
Markers in this cemetery date to 1870. Please call the church or the Chester County library (803-377-8145) for detailed directions and more information.
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Wade Alston Ford, an African-American architect from Lake View, S.C., designed and surpervised construction of this Late Gothic Revival church. Five volunteer craftsmen built the cruciform church between 1922 and...
Mt. Prospect Methodist
Built c. 1851, this church still has an intact slave gallery. Call the church or the Chester County library (803-377-8145) for detailed directions or for more information. The Chester County...
Mt. Zion AME Church
Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church was built in 1847-48 as the Glebe Street Presbyterian Church. The design is a very academic one and shows the influence of Sir John...
Nazareth Presbyterian Church
Established in 1765 and organized in 1772, this is one of the state’s most historic churches and home to one of the oldest cemeteries in upstate South Carolina. Revolutionary War...
Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Old Bethel is the third oldest church building surviving in Charleston. Built 1797-1807 at the corner of Pitt and Calhoun Streets, the church was constructed in the gabled meetinghouse style...

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