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Antioch Christian Church – Allendale, South Carolina

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Antioch Christian church in Allendale was formed in 1833, and this “meeting house”-style structure was built circa 1835. Antioch Christian Church was the second Disciples of Christ church formed in South Carolina and remains the state’s oldest church structure of that denomination.

Antioch Church

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The church was founded by Dr. William R. Erwin and after he, his wife, and her sister-in-law were excommunicated from Kirkland Church (now Smyrna Baptist Church) on charges of heterodoxy, or disagreeing with church orthodoxy. The group met in Dr. Erwin’s home for worship prior to the construction of this church.

Antoich Cemetery

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Antioch Christian Church is listed in the National Register:

Antioch Christian Church, built ca. 1835, was the second Disciples of Christ Church in South Carolina. Today, according to the South Carolina Disciples, it is the oldest standing structure of that faith in the state and has been referred to as the “Mother Church.” Antioch is also significant as an excellent example of the meeting house style of church architecture. The clapboard structure rests upon low brick pier foundations and has a hipped roof covered by pressed tin. The front (west) façade features double six-paneled doors with a five-paned transom, flanked by a window on each side. The right side façade has a single six-paneled door with a four-paned transom. This door is flanked by one window to the left and two on the right.

The rear (east) façade reveals the only major alteration to the structure – two doors were cut from two original windows in the 1930s to provide passage to Sunday School rooms. These rooms have since been torn down and the doorways covered with siding. The simplicity of the design is carried out in the interior. The walls are plaster, and the original pews of hand-hewn pine remain intact. The South Carolina Disciples of Christ renovated the church in 1976, although the interior was not included in the renovation. Included within the acreage is a cemetery where many of Allendale’s oldest families are buried.

Many thanks to of Taylors for sharing this shot. Bill enjoys the singular distinction of being the only person ever to have visited all 1,400 of South Carolina’s National Historic Landmarks. He has published several helpful e-books which serve as invaluable travel guides to the Palmetto State.

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Antioch Marker

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Antioch Church Allendale

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Antioch Side

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Antioch Christian Church

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Antioch Christian Church Info

Address: SC Highway 3, Allendale, SC 29810
GPS Coordinates: 32.9475,-81.41528

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2 Comments about Antioch Christian Church

Bitsy Erwin McHughNo Gravatar says:
June 10th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Gen. James Daniel Erwin and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Roberts were my great grandparents. They are buried here as well as many aunts, cousins and uncles. I attended a church service here followed by a covered picmic. Lovely spot.

James Gillespie Fowke says:
May 14th, 2015 at 1:46 am

I remember attending one or more worship services with my family at the Antioch church. My father and grandfather were likely members there. More recently, I attended a picnic on a Sunday near Easter, an annual event.

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