Our Photographers Contact Us
Our Patrons Please Give Today Add Images Add History Our Work South Carolina Picture Project

Swallow Savannah Methodist Church — Allendale, South Carolina

SC Picture Project  |  Allendale County  |  Swallow Savannah Methodist Church

Adopt A South Carolina Landmark
Swallow Savannah Methodist Church

This church literally has a storybook name – in 2008 Charleston-based author Ken Burger published a book titled Swallow Savannah set in a fictional place near the Savannah River, similar to the town of Allendale. Swallow Savannah Methodist Church, however, tells a different story, and is perhaps one of South Carolina’s oldest Methodist churches.

Swallow Savannah Methodist Church

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

It is likely that the first Methodist preacher to reach this area was Thomas Darby, who came to South Carolina as a chaplain for the British during the Revolutionary War. He remained after the war, preaching in his territory, which included the Georgia Conference. Possibly as a result of Darby’s influence in the area, Swallow Savannah Church was formed. The church initially was a log structure built in 1815 about 700 yards northeast of a body of water known as the Swallow Savannah Pond in a rural area near present-day Allendale, giving the church its name.

The church moved to three different nearby locations over the years before relocating to downtown Allendale as a result of the new Augusta and Port Royal Railroad, which brought more people to the town. The congregation built a structure on the site of what is now the Allendale Cemetery before moving to its current location on land donated by Lawrence Williams. Williams gave the land to the church with the provision that the church always retain the name Swallow Savannah Church.

The congregation met in Union Church, a nondenominational church that allowed different churches to meet in its building on a rotating schedule, while its new church was under construction. Finally in the late 1800s a “large white wooden structure” was completed on the present site. Today a brick church welcomes worshipers under its original name of Swallow Savannah Methodist Church.

If anyone has any further details on Swallow Savannah Church, please share it with us!

Swallow Savannah Methodist Church Info

Address: 412 Walnut Street West, Allendale, SC 29810
GPS Coordinates: 33.008545,-81.311526

Swallow Savannah Methodist Church Map

Please Share Your Thoughts!

Did you enjoy this page? Do you have any information we should add? Send us your comments below — we can't wait to hear from you!

3 Comments about Swallow Savannah Methodist Church

SCIWAY says:
January 23rd, 2018 at 12:15 am

We are sorry to hear of your loss, the best bet would be perhaps getting in touch with the church of the same name at this phone number (803) 584-2363 (found on Google) to see if they have information on who maintains the cemetery grounds. We hope this helps!

January 22nd, 2018 at 11:14 am

Whom do I contact regarding maintenance of a grave at Swallow Savannah Cemetery. My children and I will be visiting there in March in order to leave my late husband’s ashes. His parents were Major Woodward Allen and Frances Allen, buried in that cemetery.

Kirk J Williams says:
April 23rd, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Two corrections on Swallow Savannah Methodist Church. The correct names of the individual who donated the land was James Lawrence Williams. The second is that the church could use the land unless they planned to move the church and sell the land, then the land was to be given back to the Williams Family.


Join Us on Facebook
Follow Us on Instagram
See Us on Pinterest


Abbeville ACE Basin Adams Run Aiken Alcolu Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Branchville Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cayce Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Chesterfield Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Daufuskie Island Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Ehrhardt Elloree Eutawville Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fort Mill Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Great Falls Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hardeeville Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Hodges Holly Hill Honea Path Hopkins Hotels & Inns Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Jamestown Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Lowndesville Manning Marion Mars Bluff McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinewood Pinopolis Plantations Pomaria Port Royal Post Offices Prosperity Ravenel Restaurants Ridgeland Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Santee Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stateburg Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Troy Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Ware Shoals Waterfalls Water Towers Wedgefield West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Woodruff Yemassee York