Horn Creek Baptist Church – Edgefield, South Carolina
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Horn Creek Baptist Church in Edgefield was founded in 1790, shortly after a Revolutionary War skirmish took place on this site. This simple meeting house was built for the congregation in 1822. Horn Creek is one of the oldest Baptist churches in the upper part of South Carolina, and the church structure reflects the uncomplicated style of the early Baptist settlers, though the interior features decorative painted designs.
The ceiling bears a painted emblem in the center of the church and an angel painted in each of the four corners. The ironwork surrounding the graveyard is also much more ornate than this box-shaped wooden structure. A door behind the pulpit leads to the church’s namesake creek, which was used for baptizing members.
During the Revolutionary War in 1781, a Patriot regiment led by Captain Thomas Kee defeated a group of Tories at Horn Creek, killing their leader, Captain Clark, and imprisoning his troops.
Today the church is owned by the Edgefield County Historical Society. Plans are in place to restore the historic church, and construction of a cottage began in the Spring of 2104 on the property to house a caretaker to help prevent future vandalism of the church. The cottage was dedicated on March 29, 2015.
Horn Creek Baptist Church is listed in the National Register:
One of the oldest Baptist churches in the South Carolina Upcountry, Horn Creek was incorporated in 1790. Today it is one of the few remaining meeting house style churches in the area reflecting austere simplicity and manifesting frugality of early settlers. The one-roomed church is supported by fieldstone foundation piers and has wooden steps leading to two front doors that are hinged to fold in the center. A door behind the pulpit leads to a creek for baptizing.
The church’s adjoining cemetery has excellent iron work including a cast iron gate at the Bettis plot which has a design that incorporates a Palmetto tree flanked by lambs and roses. A wooden fence next to the Bettis plot surrounds fieldstone markers. Revolutionary War activity in the Horn Creek area included a 1781 skirmish in which patriot Captain Thomas Kee of Colonel Leroy Hammond’s regiment, attacked a Tory party under Captain Clark. Clark was killed and the entire company was made prisoners.
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Address: 443 Old Stage Road, Edgefield, SC 29824
GPS Coordinates: 33.721387,-81.936545
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