Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church – Abbeville, South Carolina

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Upper Long Cane Presbyterian Church is the oldest church in Abbeville County. The original congregation was comprised of eight families who arrived from Pennsylvania in the late 1750s, but membership quickly grew. Soon Upper Long Cane Presbyterian became the largest congregation in the settlement. On February 1, 1760, Cherokee Indians attacked settlers from the congregation in what is known as the Long Canes Massacre. Twenty-three people were killed, 14 were captured, and others fled, many to the Lowcountry.

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In 1763 those who had escaped the massacre returned to Abbeville, bringing new church members with them. Worship services resumed, and despite subsequent Cherokee attacks, Reverend William Richardson helped formally organize the church in 1764.

During the American Revolution, Reverend John Harris led the church. Reverend Harris was a voracious member of the Whig party and often boasted of his congregation’s loyalty to the Whig cause. He is said to have preached with a gun in the pulpit and ammunition around his neck.

The current church building was constructed in 1964, replacing one that had stood on the site since 1813. However, the Sessions Building, where the church’s elders met, remains on the church campus and is open for tours. Upper Long Cane Presbyterian is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PC-USA).

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Address: 194 South Carolina Highway 20, Abbeville, SC 29620

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Marylyn Baskin BangertNo Gravatar says:
December 3rd, 2013 at 11:13 pm

My ancestors came to Ninety-Six, first as surveyors in the 1750s sometime and then after 1765. There are four Baskins who owned land: Widow Baskin, James, John, and a William. Are they listed as members between 1765 to 1830? There are quite a few buried in Lowdenville, but they are all 1800s family. Also, if they are, are they buried in a local cemetery that you know of? Thanks! Marylyn Baskin Bagert


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