Also known as Great Salkehatchie Baptist Church, this church was first organized in 1790 along the banks of the Salkehatchie River in the settlement of Buford’s Bridge. General Sherman destroyed the first structure on this site, using its materials to build bridges during his March through the South. The church was later rebuilt. The current church was built in 1915 after moving to the nearby Ulmer site.
SCIWAY thanks Lamar Nix of Seabrook for submitting this picture. He says that “folks in Ulmer like that old time religion. The Great Salkehatchie Baptist Church, formed in 1790, suits them just fine. Located in uptown Ulmer, it looks to be the center of attention on Sunday mornings. It is in fine form, especially for such an old church. It is near the settlement of Buford’s Bridge which dates to the early 1700s, just across the Salkehatchie River.”
Carrie Lanier says
Great post; however – look at the sign. The locals spell it “Saltkehatchie.” This was always a hangup with my aunt and grandmother – long-time parishioners.
Susan Sherman says
I was born in Ulmers, on what now is Connelly Farms, in 1950. I went to Great Salkehatchie Baptist church with family many times. I love visiting aunts & family. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it. Not much has changed, which makes it a wonderful place to visit in the Deep South.
Michael Jordan says
I attended your Church with my Aunt Dorothy Brandt in 1955, my Great Grandmother Jesse Brandt's funnel was also there but don't remember the year. I'm 65 now & was born in Spartanburg, SC