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Republican Baptist Church — Clarks Hill, South Carolina

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This historic congregation in Clarks Hill began in 1805 as Bethany at Republican Baptist Church, though not even church historians can decipher the origins of the name. The church formed when members from Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church split to form their own congregation and subsequently built a meeting house near Horn’s Creek.

Republican Baptist Church

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

Membership grew through the years, and this church replaced the meeting house in 1850. Interestingly, a slave balcony never existed in the church, though many slaves attended. Records show that in 1838 the church had 60 white members and 61 black members. The church was renovated in 1913, the same year it received its stained glass windows, and enlarged in 2009.

Republican Baptist Church Info

Address: 610 Republican Road, Clarks Hill, SC 29821
GPS Coordinates: 33.665709,-82.054096

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