Mt. Elon Baptist Church – Lydia, South Carolina
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Mt. Elon Baptist Church was founded in 1831 in the small town of Lydia. The present church building was constructed in 1911 and was built by Lucius Patrick Raines. The congregation derived its name from the plentiful oak trees which surround it. Elon means “oak” in Hebrew, and the tree is also a symbol of strength.
The original church was likely built shortly after the congregation formed. Construction on a larger church to replace the first one began 1858. Though the second sanctuary was in use by 1860, it was not actually completed until 1870. It served the congregation until this church was built in the early twentieth century.
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Photographer Steven Faucette tells us, “Lydia is a very small community located between Bishopville and Hartsville, SC. My father was the pastor here at Mount Elon until 1968, so this is where I grew up.”
Mt. Elon Baptist Church Info
Address: 1132 West Lydia Highway, Lydia, SC 29079
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