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Old Brick Church – Jenkinsville, South Carolina


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Originally called the Little River Church and more commonly known as the Old Brick Church, Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church was built in the Fairfield County hamlet of Jenkinsville in 1788. Constructed in the simple meeting house style typical of early churches, Ebenezer ARP Church is unusual in that it is made of brick; most meeting houses were wood frame buildings.

Brick Church Jenkinsville

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The bricks were made by church members – mostly Scots-Irish immigrants – and the quality of the structure is evident in the fact that this church remains a rare example of an intact 18th century South Carolina meeting house.

Old Brick Church Jenkinsville

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was founded by the Reverend James Rogers of Scotland, who brought with him the Associate Reformed Presbyterian religion. This church is the first of its denomination in South Carolina. Since this congregation was formed, several ARP churches developed throughout Fairfield County as well as the state.

Ebenezer Church Jenkinsville

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The surrounding wall, steps, and foundation of the Old Brick Church were built using local blue granite block in 1852. During the Civil War the church was damaged by Union soldiers who dismantled the floorboards and used them to create a bridge crossing the Little River.

Ebenezer Jenkinsville Churchyard

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

It is said that an apology etched on its wall from a soldier, stating, “Citizens of this community: Please excuse us for defacing your house of worship, so much. It was absolutely necessary to effect a crossing over the creek, the Rebs had destroyed the bridge. A Yankee.” The church ceased regular worship services in 1920, though commemorative services still take place within its storied walls.

Ebenezer Brick Church Jenkinsville

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Old Brick Church is listed in the National Register as Ebenezer ARP Church:

(Old Brick Church) Built in 1788, this small, rectangular meeting house plan building is simple and unadorned, with a gable roof and unornamented windows. It is one of few eighteenth-century meeting house churches remaining in the state. The bricks for the thick masonry walls were made by members of the congregation. The simple interior contains straight-back pews, a dais-style pulpit with plain rails around two sides, and a slave gallery. The church and graveyard are surrounded by a granite wall added in 1852. This church was the birthplace of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination in South Carolina. Ebenezer’s pastor, the Reverend James Rogers, first ARP Moderator, organized the Associate Reformed Synod of Carolinas here on May 9, 1803. The church grew in numbers until the Civil War when the young manhood of the congregation joined the Confederate Army en masse. The building was damaged by Union troops, who removed part of its flooring and woodwork to rebuild a bridge across Little River. An apology, penciled in the wall, has been kept legible: “Citizens of this community: Please excuse us for defacing your house of worship, so much. It was absolutely necessary to effect a crossing over the creek, the Rebs had destroyed the bridge. A Yankee.” The church was later repaired and remained in active use until 1920. Since that time the church has been used for annual commemorative services. The adjoining graveyard contains numerous graves of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers.

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Ebenezer Church Jenkinsville Rear

Richard B. Thomas of Laurens, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Brick Church Historical Marker

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Brick Church Ebenezer

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Old Brick Church Info


Address: SC Highway 213 south of Landis Road, Jenkinsville, SC 29065
GPS Coordinates: 34.319305,-81.260923

Old Brick Church Map



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2 Comments about Old Brick Church

John Howell says:
February 7th, 2016 at 10:21 pm

I would like to visit inside the church. Does anyone know of a person to contact for this purpose?

Karri Lynn Dove says:
August 8th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

I never found it





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