Salem Black River Presbyterian Church – Sumter County, South Carolina


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Please note that Salem Black River Presbyterian Church is located on private property. It is open to the public for Sunday services twice a month.

The Salem Black River Church is located on SC 527, just a few miles from Mayesville, a small town of roughly 1,000 people in Sumter County. The church was formed by Scots-Irish settlers in 1759.

Salem Black River Church Sumter County

Kelly Lee Brosky of Conway, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A log meeting-style house and a wooden frame building occupied this space before the first brick building was constructed in 1802, giving this church its nickname of “Brick Church.” The present church was built in 1846 and stands as one of the earliest brick churches in South Carolina.

Salem Black River Presbyterian Church

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2003 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Prior to Emancipation, blacks had attended this church as slaves and sat in the slave gallery, segregated from the white worshipers below. The slave gallery above the sanctuary is now used as a balcony for all members.

Salem Black River

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2003 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

After Emancipation, freed blacks who had attended Salem Black River Presbyterian Church left the congregation and formed their own church, Goodwill Presbyterian.

Harold Motte of Florence, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The cemetery dates from 1794 and sits on land officially deed to the church in 1830.

Salem Black River Cemetery

Dennis Church of Charleston, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Salem Black River Presbyterian Church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places:

(Brick Church) Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, built in 1846, is a well-preserved example of Greek Revival architecture. From the time of its organization in the mid-eighteenth century until the present, Salem Church has played an important role in the development of history of the surrounding rural community. The church has been virtually unaltered since its construction. It features massive stucco-over-brick columns, a gable roof and a pedimented portico. Basilican in plan, the interior of Salem Black River Church is simple. A slave gallery extends along three sides and is supported by square paneled wooden pillars.

Reflections on the Salem Black River Church


Contributor Kelly Lee Brosky, who took the first photo on this page, shares her experience at Salem Black River Church: “We are a small local paranormal group and we came across this beautiful old church. While doing a daylight investigation of the very old cemetery, I snapped this picture of the gorgeous old church.”

Add your own reflections here.

Salem Black River Presbyterian Church Info


Address: 1060 Brick Church Road, Mayesville, SC 29104

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7 Comments about Salem Black River Presbyterian Church

Martha D. GreenwayNo Gravatar says:
June 25th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Services are held on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The Rev. George Wilkes serves as Stated Supply Pastor. Services are not held in the month of August and the December services are held on 2nd and 3rd Sundays.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
April 22nd, 2014 at 8:21 am

Hello, Barbara. I think your best bet would be to contact the PC (USA) site: https://www.pcusa.org. Best of luck!

Barbara WilliamsNo Gravatar says:
April 22nd, 2014 at 6:54 am

I would like for someone to contact me regarding a donation I sent to the church in February, 2014.

C. KAY WITHERSPOONNo Gravatar says:
March 1st, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Would like to know what Sundays in April, 2014, the church will hold service. I will be down on vacation and hope that I will be able to attend a church service and see the inside of this beautiful church. Thank you.

Lisa DriggersNo Gravatar says:
February 2nd, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Can you tell me when the services are for this church? I am so wanting to see the inside and enjoy a sermon. This is a beautiful place. Thank you.

Maudean Bradley ChamberlainNo Gravatar says:
January 21st, 2014 at 12:47 am

My first relative to come to America, James Bradley, is buried there.

George McFaddinNo Gravatar says:
August 19th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

NOTICE: The Session of Salem Black River Church has recently adopted a “prosecute all” policy for trespassers or persons who enter or come onto the property after darkness. On August 11, 2012 five persons were arrested by Sumter County deputies.






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