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Stono Baptist Church – Ravenel, South Carolina

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This abandoned church in the rural community of Ravenel was formed in St. Paul’s Parish on June 19, 1842. The first structure to house this congregation was likely similar to this one – a simple frame building. The original church burned in 1878 and was replaced by this one in 1884.

Stono Baptist Church in Ravenel SC

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Membership of the church originally consisted of white Baptists from what was then Colleton District (now Colleton County, though Ravenel is currently in Charleston County) as well as many of their slaves. In fact, the number of slave members was comparable to the number of white members; of the founding members, 40 are listed as “white,” 41 as “colored.” Black members attended “by ticket,” or with written permission from their owners.

Stono Church

Lee Hartley of North Augusta, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Stono Baptist was the parent church of Toogoodoo Baptist Church on Willtown Road, dedicated on July 3, 1859. Toogoodoo Baptist appears to be no longer extant, although we welcome info to the contrary.

Stono Baptist Interior

Lee Hartley of North Augusta, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

From the church’s establishment in 1842 until 1910, rules dictating the congregation’s behavior were severe. Infractions such as hair pulling, tattling, and missing church for three consecutive Sundays were grounds for excommunication. Needless to say, drinking, dancing, and profanity also made the list of prohibited behaviors.

Stono Baptist

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A church roster exists from 1941, so Stono Baptist Church was active at least until World War II. Today the church building sits vacant, though its churchyard remains active.

Stono Baptist Ravenel

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

An interesting story related to this church is that one of its earliest pastors requested to be buried at the foot of the church’s steps upon his death so that “all who went in and out of the church would be compelled to walk over his body.” It is said that his request was granted.

The South Carolina Picture Project thanks Bill Segars for sharing his photos and much of the information on this church. If you have additional info, please let us know. We’d really like to make our page more complete. Thank you!

Stono Baptist Church Info

Address: 6291 South Carolina Highway 165, Ravenel, SC 29470
GPS Coordinates: 32.788672,-80.260963

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3 Comments about Stono Baptist Church

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 3rd, 2017 at 5:56 pm

Hello Julie, I have made Mr. Segars aware of your question and I hope we will have an answer for you very soon. Thank you!

JulieNo Gravatar says:
October 2nd, 2017 at 5:09 pm

Does Mr. Bill know where the church roster from 1941 can be found? I am looking for Susan Elizabeth Platt 1871-1942 and her husband Phillip J Hudson 1857-1922. According to Lois Crosby (their daughter) she was 18 when Phillip died and said they were buried behind the church.

Debbie Prosser ChaplinNo Gravatar says:
January 7th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

When I was 12 years old I played the piano every Sunday afternoon at 3:00 for the members to sing the old Baptist hymns. I could not read music, but played by air.I am now 67 years old. Good memories.


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