Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Target Methodist Church

Marker ID: SCHM 38-33
Location: 705 Target Rd., Holly Hill, SC
County: Orangeburg
Coordinates: N 33° 20.239    W 080° 27.016
  33.33731666    -80.45026666
Style: Free Standing **


This church, founded about 1800, is one of the oldest Methodist congregations in this part of the state. It takes its name from Target Branch, a nearby tributary of Four Holes Swamp. The name “Target” is thought to be a corruption of the “tar gates” along the edges of the swamp, where tar, turpentine, and timber were harvested. It held its first services in a brush arbor, with a sycamore stump for a pulpit.

Target Methodist Church was one of several area congregations long served by circuit riders, on the Cypress Circuit 1810-1855, then on the Providence Circuit 1855-1916. Its first permanent church, a log building, was rebuilt as a frame sanctuary in 1830. A second frame church built in 1873 was replaced by the present sanctuary in 1920. The cemetery here includes graves dating as early as 1820.

Erected by the Congregation, 2010