Abbeville Trinity Church – Abbeville, South Carolina
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Trinity Episcopal Church in Abbeville was founded in 1842. Its congregation first worshiped in the courthouse, then moved to a small clapboard building on the site of the present church, which was consecrated in 1860.
Trinity Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and described as follows:
Trinity Episcopal Church is an example of Gothic Revival architecture in South Carolina that remains as originally constructed and contains handmade interior woodwork. Thomas Parker, Thomas Jackson and Thomas Walter Thomas organized the church in 1842. Bishop Thomas F. Davis consecrated the building in 1860, built after plans by George E. Walker, architect, of Columbia, and by Blease and Baxter, contractors, of Newberry. The solid walls are more than two feet thick, and are constructed of brick from an Abbeville brickyard. They are coated with cement that, over the years, has acquired a soft rose patina from the underlying native clay. The church’s spire is 130 feet tall and continues to dominate the local skyline. The organ, made by John Baker of Charleston, was installed soon after the church was built and is one of two such known organs in South Carolina. A magnificent stained glass altar window from England ran the Union blockades in the 1860s and was then carted to the upcountry. The churchyard and cemetery contain boxwood gardens, towering old magnolia trees and graves of church leaders.
Glenn Brill of Anderson took the photo above. He writes: “Trinity’s spire soars 125 feet and dominates Abbeville’s skyline. Known locally as the “pink church,” it was built in 1859 of pink stuccoed brick. Trinity Church is known for its large tracker organ designed by John Baker of Charleston (one of only two still in use).”
Address: 200 Church Street, Abbeville, SC 29620