Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Concord Presbyterian Church

Marker ID: SCHM 43-44
Location: 3350 E. Brewington Rd., Sumter
County: Sumter
Style: Free Standing **


This church, organized in 1808 by Rev. George G. McWhorter of the Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, held its first services in a brush arbor near Concord Springs. The next year Gen. Thomas Sumter donated two acres to the Concord Society to build a “Meeting House,” which was built soon afterwards.

Concord is the mother church of First Presbyterian Church of Sumter (1823). In 1832 noted college president and theologian James Henley Thornwell (1812-1862) professed his faith during a service here, while he was teaching at an academy in Sumter. The present Greek Revival sanctuary was built in 1841.

Erected by the Congregation, 2010