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Storm Branch Cultural Center — Beech Island, South Carolina


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Like many early churches, Old Storm Branch Baptist Church in Aiken County‘s Beech Island started with gatherings beneath a brush arbor. Slaves from Lamar Plantation and others owned by neighboring planter LeRoy Hammond met for worship as early as 1772.

Storm Branch Baptist

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

By the time of the Civil War, an edifice was under construction. Following the war, Sara Lamar deeded the incomplete church and its surrounding land to Aleck Davis for use by freedmen. From that point on, Storm Branch Baptist Church has been a leading black congregation in the area. The church led to the formation of the Storm Branch Baptist Association, the first black Baptist association in South Carolina.

Storm Branch Baptist Marker

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The historic church received brick veneer and stained glass windows in 1919. Later in the twentieth century, a new church building was built down the road to accommodate the growing congregation. The original Storm Branch church building, shown here, became the Storm Branch Cultural Center, still owned and maintained by Old Storm Branch Baptist Church.

Storm Branch Marker

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Storm Branch Cultural Center Info


Address: 285 Storm Branch Road, Beech Island, SC 29842
GPS Coordinates: 33.489681,-81.907427

Storm Branch Cultural Center Map



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Storm Branch Cultural Center Info


Address: 285 Storm Branch Road, Beech Island, SC 29842
GPS Coordinates: 33.489681,-81.907427


Storm Branch Cultural Center Map





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