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Neely’s Creek ARP Church – Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Like many early rural churches, when Neely’ Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church in Rock Hill organized sometime in the late eighteenth century, it likely met outdoors beneath a brush arbor. By the 1790s the congregation had built a simple log building for worship in the space now occupied by the churchyard. The rustic building, which had a packed dirt floor, sat close to its namesake creek, which still rushes behind the present-day church.

Neely's Creek ARP

Perry A. Clanton of Lancaster, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1832 a white frame church replaced the primitive log cabin. Church history states that women sat on the right side of the church, men sat on the left, and slaves worshiped from the back of the building. This church served the congregate until 1907, when another frame building was erected on this site. The 1907 sanctuary was more ornate that the previous ones, with stained glass windows and a carved wood pulpit. When the church was again replaced in 1973 with the present building to make room for the growing congregation with seating for 500, the stained glass windows from the 1907 building were preserved and placed behind the choir loft.

Today the church continues to grow and remains an active part of its corner of Rock Hill.

Neely’s Creek ARP Church Info

Address: 974 Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
GPS Coordinates: 34.868054,-80.966233

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