Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Bethlehem Lutheran Church (HM6GR)

Location: Pomaria, SC 29126 Newberry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 17.051', W 81° 25.975'

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This church, with its origins in services held in the 1780's at nearby Wicker's Camp Ground, was formally organized in 1816 with Rev. Godfrey Dreher as its first pastor. A log meeting house was built on this site soon afterwards. In 1830 its third pastor, Rev. John G. Schwartz, founded the first Lutheran seminary in the South here in Pomaria, at the home of Col. John Eichelberger.

[Marker Reverse]:
In 1855 the S.C. Synod met here and voted to establish a Lutheran college at Newberry. Among the notables buried in the churchyard are Col. John Eichelberger, veteran of the American Revolution; Rev. John G. Schwartz; and Rev. Thaddeus Boinest, who encouraged the German settlement of Dutch Fork region. The present church built in 1881-82, was remodeled in 1942 and 1966.
HM NumberHM6GR
Marker Number36-18
Year Placed2001
Placed ByBethlehem Lutheran Church Congregation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 1:39am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 460154 N 3793751
Decimal Degrees34.28418333, -81.43291667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 17.051', W 81° 25.975'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 17' 3.06" N, 81° 25' 58.50" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-411 New Hope Rd, Pomaria SC 29126, US
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