Old Bethel Methodist Church

Old Bethel Methodist Church (HMXBF)

Location: Charleston, SC 29401 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 47.057', W 79° 56.517'

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(Front text)
This church, built in 1797 in the meeting-house form, was dedicated in 1798 and completed in 1809. It is the oldest Methodist church standing in Charleston. Originally at the corner of Pitt and Calhoun Streets, Bethel Methodist Church was a congregation of white and black members, both free blacks and slaves. Many blacks left the church in 1833 during a dispute over seating. Though some later returned, many did not.
(Reverse text)
In 1852 the congregation moved this building west to face Calhoun Street, to make room for a new brick church, completed the next year. This church, called "Old Bethel," was used for Sunday school before its black members acquired it in 1876. They kept the name Old Bethel and moved the church to this location in 1882. Old Bethel Methodist Church was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
Marker Number10-72
Year Placed2011
Placed ByThe Congregation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 5:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 599080 N 3627868
Decimal Degrees32.78428333, -79.94195000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 47.057', W 79° 56.517'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 47' 3.42" N, 79° 56' 31.02" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 222 Calhoun St, Charleston SC 29401, US
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