St. John's Lutheran Church

St. John's Lutheran Church (HM970)

Location: Walhalla, SC 29691 Oconee County
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N 34° 45.933', W 83° 4.161'

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On November 20, 1853, St. John's was organized by members of the German Colonization Society of Charleston, S.C. who founded the town of Walhalla in 1850. Services were originally held in a house on West Union which was purchased from Col. Joseph Gresham and belonged to Jacob Schroder. The present structure was begun in 1859 and dedicated on March 12, 1861.

John Kaufmann designed and directed the building of St. John's with the assistance of August Brennecke and members of the congregation. Most of the heart pine timbers were cut from the site on which the church stands. Many of the architectural features are distinctive and unique to St. John's. Except for the stained glass windows, placed in 1910, the church has changed little since 1861.
HM NumberHM970
Marker Number37-2
Year Placed1972
Placed ByOconee County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 11:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 310616 N 3848994
Decimal Degrees34.76555000, -83.06935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 45.933', W 83° 4.161'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 45' 55.98" N, 83° 4' 9.66" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 305 W Main St, Walhalla SC 29691, US
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