This former Methodist sanctuary just outside of Bennettsville was constructed in the late nineteenth century as Zion Methodist Church. The simple meeting house-style building served the congregation, which was on the Blenheim circuit in the days of itinerant preachers.
In the twentieth century, many congregations left the rural outskirts to join churches in larger communities. This is likely what happened with the membership of Zion Methodist Church, as the building was later used as a country store. It most recently housed a restaurant, the Riverway Grill. The Riverway Grill is now closed.
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