Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House

Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House (HMH8M)

Location: Beaufort, SC 29902 Beaufort County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 26.099', W 80° 40.387'

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" Here, in 1794, I had the happiness,instrumentally, to lay the foundation ofa place of worship which composed of the best materials, and classes with themost neat and commodious Baptist meetinghouses in the United States." (Rev. Henry Holcombe, First Fruits in aSeries of Letters) This constructioninvolved erection of a structuremeasuring 30' - 2'' north / south by 36' - 4" east / west, suitable forintermittent use by a small congregation.

Over time, the church grew and was constituted The Baptist Church ofBeaufort in 1804, with Rev. Joseph BulleinCook, pastor. Soon after, in 1805, thestructure was enlarged, extending theold building northward and producinga building measuring 65' - 8" by 36 - 4".Galleries were added to accommodate the large black membership; later, abell tower was added.

In 1842 the north wall began to bulgeand the roof was failing, leading to thecondemnation and demolition of thestructure. The tabby walls were cutdown to a uniform height and capped with concrete. The present bricksanctuary was completed in 1844 underthe direction of Dr. Richard Fuller, pastor.It is recorded that the church worshipedfor the first time in the new building onApril 14, 1844. In November 1845, on the site of old church, burial lots wereallotted and assigned to five prominentchurch members (Fuller, Sams, Givens, Hazel, Smith).
HM NumberHMH8M
Placed ByThe Baptist Church of Beaufort
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 2:26am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 530729 N 3588698
Decimal Degrees32.43498333, -80.67311667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 26.099', W 80° 40.387'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 26' 5.94" N, 80° 40' 23.22" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600 Charles St, Beaufort SC 29902, US
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