Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church – Mount Carmel, South Carolina
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The French Huguenots were the first to arrive in the area, having followed the Savannah River up from Charleston in the mid 1700s. It is believed they named the town in honor of the French village they left behind. With the completion of the Savannah Valley Railroad in 1884, Mount Carmel quickly developed into a thriving railroad town and by 1890 had six stores, a school, and several shops in addition to the church.
Mount Carmel Presbyterian Church is listed in the National Register as part of the McCormick District, which adds the following about the area:
Mount Carmel is a small town that developed in the 1880s, contemporary with the development of the Savannah Valley Railroad. The community was a flourishing village by the turn of the century. The district is located in the heart of the town and contains a high concentration of buildings constructed during the town’s period of prosperity, between 1885 and 1920. Included in the district are residential, commercial, institutional, religious, and industrial buildings, located in an irregular patter adjacent to the railroad tracks.
The district maintains integrity as a turn-of-the-century community; of the fifty-one properties contained in the boundaries, forty contribute to the historic character of the district. The district includes a collection of buildings which represent a range of late nineteenth and early twentieth century vernacular architectural modes such as the single-pile central hall farmhouse, the meeting house form, and the bungalow. The few key buildings invoke some elements of high style, including Victorian, Queen Anne, and Classical features.
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