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Sharon Methodist Church — Kinards, South Carolina


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The Town of Kinards in Newberry County traces its roots to the first part of the nineteenth century when Captain Martin Kinard, Jr., moved just north of present-day Pomaria and established his plantation. The hamlet became more populated as the Laurens Railroad began operating here in 1854. Sharon Church – one source says it was originally a Baptist church – was organized that same year. A post office followed two years later, and until 1881 the area was known as Martins or Martin’s Depot.

Sharon Church

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Kinard donated land for the church, and likely a small frame meeting house-style church was built in 1869 with the guidance of Kinard’s son-in-law, Jacob Summer. It was replaced with the present church between 1904 and 1905.

Sharon Church Kinards

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2006 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church remains a small but active part of the United Methodist denomination as well as the only church in Kinards. Captain Kinard and his family are interred in the churchyard.

Sharon Methodist Kinards

Blaine Owens of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Inside Sharon Methodist Church


Sharon United Methodist Church

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sharon United Methodist Church

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Sharon United Methodist Church

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Sharon Methodist Church


Sharon Methodist Church Kinards

Logan Guerry of Easley, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Contributor Logan Guerry, who shares the photo above, describes his image: “This is a modern photo of one of South Carolina’s most historic Methodist churches. I traveled here after seeing photos of the church and wanted to photograph it myself.”

Sharon Methodist Church Info


Address: 100 Carlisle Oxner Road, Kinards, SC 29355
GPS Coordinates: 34.378952,-81.776472

Sharon Methodist Church Map

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4 Comments about Sharon Methodist Church

Brenda ByrdNo Gravatar says:
May 1st, 2018 at 7:36 pm

Went by there today and took a few pictures. Are there any pictures of the inside that could be shared? What a Beautiful church and piece of South Carolina history.

Bill Fitzpatrick says:
February 23rd, 2015 at 1:27 am

Love it! Thanks for the post!

Carter Architecture, Inc. says:
February 23rd, 2015 at 1:18 am

Great photo and accompanying history.

Libby J Lewis Johnson says:
November 17th, 2014 at 1:35 am

A wonderful piece of SC history in my neck of the woods!




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