New Bordeaux Worship Site – McCormick, South Carolina
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Located in present-day McCormick County, New Bordeaux was the last of seven French Huguenot colonies founded in South Carolina. The stone monument pictured below marks the site of the colony’s original Huguenot church.
The Huguenots, who fled France in search of religious freedom, settled the area in 1764 and quickly established a community around the church. By 1772 nearly 500 Huguenots had moved to New Bordeaux.
The Revolutionary War proved devastating to the town and its fledgling economy. The colonists dispersed in the years after the war and while the town did not survive, descendants of the original French settlers are still found throughout western South Carolina.
SCIWAY thanks Maxi Farnsworth of Taylors for sharing this photo.
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