Mount Bethel Academy

Mount Bethel Academy (HM8JN)

Location: Newberry, SC 29108 Newberry County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 22.5', W 81° 32.233'

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Located about one mile northeast on land conveyed by Edward Finch, this school, the first Methodist educational venture in the state, was established by Bishop Francis Asbury and opened by him, 1795. A number of Mt. Bethel students became the first S.C. College graduates. The first Methodist conference in S.C. outside Charleston met here at Finch's house in 1793.

Mount Bethel Academy Among the leading citizens who attended this school, which opened 1795 and closed ca.1820, was William Harper, United States senator and judge. William Harper was the son of John Harper, who, in 1803, founded Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia and is buried in the cemetery near the Mount Bethel school site.
HM NumberHM8JN
Marker Number36-11
Year Placed1987
Placed ByWashington Street United Methodist Church, Columbia
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:57pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 450608 N 3803867
Decimal Degrees34.37500000, -81.53721667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 22.5', W 81° 32.233'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 22' 30.00" N, 81° 32' 13.98" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 174 Unnamed Road, Newberry SC 29108, US
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