Site of the First Methodist Church

Site of the First Methodist Church (HMWBJ)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 46.78', W 79° 55.801'

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Established in 1785 under the leadershipof Bishop Francis Asbury, the first MethodistSociety in Charleston purchased a lot inCumberland Street and erected a churchhere in 1786. Long known as the Blue MeetingHouse because of its color and to distinguishit from the White Meeting House (now CircularChurch) on Meeting Street, the wooden structure was the site of the first annualconference in South Carolina. It met in 1787and was presided over by Bishops Thomas Cokeand Asbury.

The church had seperate seating for white,free black, and enslaved African members.The early Methodists were persecuted for theirstand against slavery. Cumberland StreetChurch was enlarged in 1806 but destroyed in the Charleston fire of 1838. Rebuilt of brick, itwas destroyed a second time in the Great Fireof 1861. In 1874 the congregation united withTrinity Methodist Church (then located onHasell Street) and this property was sold.
Cumberland Street
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:12pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 600203 N 3627367
Decimal Degrees32.77966667, -79.93001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 46.78', W 79° 55.801'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 46' 46.80" N, 79° 55' 48.06" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 76-98 Cumberland St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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