Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Bethel Baptist Church

Marker ID: SCHM 43-17
Location: Near intersection of Road 77 and Road 251 off Highway 15 S
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 49.591    W 080° 23.717
  33.82651666    -80.39528333
Style: Free Standing **


Bethel (Black River) Baptist Church was organized in 1780 and admitted to the Charleston Baptist Association in 1782. Its mother church was High Hills Baptist Church. Bethel was incorporated in December 1823. The Reverend Solomon Thomson served as its first pastor. John China, Revolutionary War veteran, is buried in the cemetery.

The land for this church was donated by Hezekiah and Jesse Nettles. The present sanctuary, third on this site, was erected in 1849, of dense - grained Rosemary pine; all material cut and sawed by hand, the joints mortised and pegged. In 1967 a remodeling preserved the original dimensions, roof line, framing timbers, flooring, ceiling, and gallery.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Association - 1974