Providence Presbyterian Church in the Abbeville County town of Lowndesville was organized in 1842 as a result of the merging of two local smaller churches, New Harmony Presbyterian and Providence. The first minister to serve the church of 80 charter members was the Reverend John D. Wilson. This church was built on two-and-a-half acres and originally included a slave gallery as well as a separate slave entrance.
Providence Presbyterian was significantly remodeled in 1886. Alterations included removing the slave gallery and adding the building’s corner entrance and campanile, or bell tower. The stove that was placed in the church in 1842 remains there today. Providence Presbyterian Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination.
The churchyard sits about 100 yards from the sanctuary and spans appoximately an acre-and-a-half. The first interment dates to around 1845. It was protected with a fence in 1939.
Providence Presbyterian Church: Our Sources
South Carolina Historical Records Form, Church Records Form, Ben T. Carlton, WPA, 1939.
Settling the South Carolina Backcountry: The Pressly Family and Life Along Hard Labor Creek, 1767-1850, Nancy L. Pressly, BookLogix, Alpheretta, Georgia.
History of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina Since 1850, F. D. Jones, D. D. and W. H. Mills, D. D., Eds., Synod of South Carolina, Columbia, 1926.
Providence Presbyterian Info
Address: South Carolina Highway 81, Lowndesville, SC 29659
GPS Coordinates: 34.2103879,-82.6487427
Providence Presbyterian Map
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