First Baptist Church Landrum began in 1803 as Wolfe Creek Baptist Church because its congregation originally met along the banks of this namesake creek. The church relocated to a second site at some point and settled into its third sanctuary in 1855. The third church, a wooden frame structure, sat a half-mile from the second church, which was likely a simple log building. When the Reverend John Gill Landrum donated four acres of land for the addition of a rail line and the construction of a railroad depot in 1877, the population of the area grew, including the membership of Wolfe Creek Baptist Church. Landrum sometimes preached at Wolfe Creek Baptist Church as a supply pastor.
Landrum was incorporated as a municipality in 1883 and named for the Reverend John Gill Landrum due to his contributions to the community’s growth as a railroad town. Landrum had died the year before, on January 19th, 1882.
In 1890 the congregation of Wolfe Creek Baptist voted to build a newer, larger church near the town and its railroad station. The church eventually conducted a land swap, trading its property for a lot in the new town owned by Nannie Landrum, a daughter of the Reverend John Landrum. The deal stipulated that its former tract be used for a school and cemetery; today Landrum Cemetery, where Nannie Landrum is interred, occupies the church’s former (third) property. The present brick church was built on its current site in 1922 and renamed First Baptist Church Landrum.
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So strange, I was drawn here. I read Landrum died Jan 19 1882. My birth date is Jan 19 1982. How strange.
Pamela Dodd Jones says
My father started our geneology before his death and my older and I have been working to complete our acceptance into the Daughters of the American Revolution! I was just reading how my great,great, great,great grandfather Bayliss Earle was one of the founders of Wolf Creek Baptist Church in Landrum, SC! Here are a couple of papers you may find interesting!