Passing through the dense Francis Marion National Forest, down a seemingly forgotten road in rural Berkeley County, in the town of Huger, one comes across the mysterious Eccles United Methodist Church. Founded in 1882, Eccles remains active today.
The simple wooden building shown here is thought to have been the original church structure. The church was built in a typical meeting-house style, meaning that the building does not have a steeple. Though its construction date remains unknown, it may have been built around 1882 when the congregation formed.
The interior is fairly plain. The walls, floors, and ceilings are unadorned and unpainted. The sanctuary is bathed in natural light from the abundant four-over-four pane windows. In the front of the church, a small alter area exists; this is where the sermon would have been preached.
The congregation that worships at Eccles today does so in a modern cinderblock building behind the old church. A well-kept graveyard stands at the back of the property and remains in use.
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John F. Bates says
Does the church have a listing of those persons buried in the graveyard? I suspect that some of my relatives are buried there. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Lauren Lawing says
I actually was there today. I saw quite a few graves with the name “Bates”. I took a couple of photos and saw these names on them.
Eliza Ann Bates Morris
Jan 27, 1886 – June 2, 1946
William Jones Bates
July 7, 1856 – Nov 1, 1920
Carolina A Bates
Apr 4, 1848 – Mar _, 1916
Kathy | SC Picture Project says
Thank you, Lauren, for your helpful input!