First United Methodist – Laurens, South Carolina

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Downtown Laurens is home to First United Methodist Church. This late nineteenth century brick edifice was built around 1897 in th Romanesque Revival style. Its bell tower reaches four stories. This modern church replaced the neighboring Old Methodist Church, a frame building constructed around 1852.

First Methodist Laurens

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

First United Methodist Church of Laurens is listed in the National Register as part of the Laurens Historic District, which says the following about the area:

The Laurens Historic District contains 111 contributing properties, most of which were built between 1880 and 1940. The town of Laurens is the county seat of Laurens County, located in the Piedmont region of the state. The district includes the public square with the courthouse and surrounding commercial buildings, and extends to the north and west to include significant residential sections of Laurens. The district is an unusually intact collection of buildings of nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular architectural design mixed with simple high-style examples.

Although originally lined by antebellum residences (only two of which remain intact) on multi-acre lots, West Main Street experienced two periods of major development. The first period was from ca. 1885 to ca. 1915 and the second occurred between the World Wars. The buildings in the district display a wide range of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Romanesque Revival, Bungalow, Craftsman, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Neo-Classical. The area is also characterized by its large trees, well-kept yards, and granite retaining walls. The town and county of Laurens are named for South Carolina Revolutionary War patriot Henry Laurens. Laurens County was one of six counties created in 1785 from a division of the old district of Ninety-Six. By 1792 Laurens was the county seat.

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Address: 244 West Main Street, Laurens, SC 29360

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