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St. Nicholas Lutheran Church – located in the small community of Jennys, just over eight miles east of Fairfax – was built in 1910 and as such is just over a century old. The congregation itself, however, dates to at least 1804.
St. Nicholas was organized by early German settlers in the Barnwell District (now known as Allendale County), and it is suspected that these settlers were once associated with Mt. Pleasant Church in nearby Ehrhardt, which dates to 1750.
The congregation met in several locations before finding a permanent home. One earlier sanctuary, built in 1884, was located about two miles north of this site. That church burned, but materials from it were salvaged to build the existing structure.
The Old St Nicholas Cemetery, located about a third of a mile away off South Carolina Highway 641, includes plots for several families such as the Harters and Platts.
St. Nicholas Lutheran Church is the mother church of Trinity Lutheran Church, organized in 1906 and also located in Fairfax. The Reverend Martin Eric “Marty” Matthis served both St. Nicholas and Trinity for 18 years, until his death in 2016.
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