Richland County SC Cultural Resources Inventory Listing
Congaree Baptist Church
1229 Congaree Church Road Gadsden SC 29044
Historic District:
Area: Eastover vicinity

Description: Congaree Baptist Church is the earliest surviving church building in Richland County, having organized in 1766 with 33 members. Eight branches grew out of this church by 1806.

Historic Information
Year Built: ca. 1820 Acres:
# Buildings: 1
Architect: Unknown
Historic Register: No Year: NR#:
National Historic Landmark: No

Local Historic Designation: Richland Cty. Landmark

Year Designated:

Period of Significance: 1766-1799, 1800-1824
Cultural or Historic Significance:
Historical Topics: Architecture, Religion, Baptist, Lower Richland
This Greek Revival edifice is two stories, with a Greek portico embellished by triglyphs, guttae, and mutules applied to the entablature. Four solid square wood pillars and corner pilasters h ave molded capitals. There is an interior slave gallery. An unusual feature of the building are the second floor 3/4 shutters.

It is the earliest surviving church building in the county, having organized in 1766 with 33 members. Eight branches grew out of this church by 1806: Santee, Wateree, Creek, Amelia Township, Beulah, Sandy Level, Good Hope and Four Holes churches.

The church was moved from its original location to this site from Tom's Creek.
Thematic Resource:
Primary Historic Use / Function: : Religion
Secondary Historic Use / Function: Church
Present Uses / Functions: Occupancy:
Contact Organization:
Space Available: No Commercial Office Residential
Source: Lower Richland County Multiple Resource Area (MPS019)
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