Green Pond United Methodist Church

Green Pond United Methodist Church (HMLHP)

Location: Smoaks, SC 29481 Colleton County
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N 33° 6.834', W 80° 42.11'

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Formerly Chapel and Camp Ground

December 14, 1808
Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop William McKIendree,and Rev. Henry Boehm spoke here.
June, 1820
Camp meeting was held here from Friday afternoonuntil Monday morning. There were 125carriages of all kinds, 50 tents containing800 persons, 1500 hearers on the Sabbath and14 preachers. "We recieved sensible displaysof the influence of devine grace ... aboutthirty professed to have recieved a savingchange ... there appeared no occasion for one reproof."
Year Placed1970
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 8:20pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 527817 N 3663953
Decimal Degrees33.11390000, -80.70183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 6.834', W 80° 42.11'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 6' 50.04" N, 80° 42' 6.60" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7518 Augusta Hwy, Smoaks SC 29481, US
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Marker and Church were both in excellent condition.

Sep 25, 2017 at 10:27am PDT by scphotogirl75

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  1. The marker was placed on a beautiful Sunday Morning, I think it was in May of 1970 or 1969. I was just a very young lad, but I remember being there that day. My parents had just recently moved us back in-land from Charleston. Great-Great Aunt Mattie (Martha Washington Hucks-Spell 1878 - 1976, wife of Paul Eldred Spell Sr) unveiled the marker with assistance from Mr. Jake Claire Thomas (who spent many years working with the MYF group at the church). I think the unveiling was actually done on the same Sunday as "Homecoming" at Greenpond United Methodist Church(UMC). Greenpond (UMC) was the name of the Family Church for so many of the local families like the Spell's, Thomas's, Hucks, Listons, Steedly's, Craven's, Wilsons, Rishers, Connor's. And as was common in many towns and rural areas, the Church was the focal point for the community. I grew up in that Church. I joined the Church the spring following my 12th birthday. The marker is still there and in good condition. The Church was renovated in the early 1970's. A Vestibule was added to the front of the Church and the entire structure was bricked in to help preserve it. Years later, beautiful Stained Glass Windows were added to the church, replacing the old, pale green windows. A steeple was also added to the Church. Even though records indicate the current Church building dates from between 1800 and 1808, the earliest chapel and congregation pre-date the American War for Independence from England. A book published by the Dorchester County Historical Society indicates the Appleby Church (circa 1780) was built on the Ole Wire Road in St. George's Parish (now Dorchester County) because the citizens grew tired of having to cross the Edisto River to attend church services at Greenpond Church. And if you know anything about the Edisto River, when it floods - it can be nearly impossible to absolutely impossible to cross.
    I also know that my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather Eldred Spell (oldest son of Joel Spell Sr) was a member of Greenpond Methodist-Episcopal Church at the time of his death in 1843. His obituary (on file at Wofford College) states his membership as such.

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