Southern Methodist College — Orangeburg, South Carolina
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This college in Orangeburg is also the headquarters of the Southern Methodist Church. The Southern Methodist Church denomination formed in 1939 in response to the reuniting of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South with the Methodist Episcopal Church; the joining of those two denominations formed the Methodist Church (now the United Methodist Church). Some disagreed with the liberal-leaning philosophies of the Methodist Church and organized their own denomination as a result, the Southern Methodist Church. In January of 1956 the group formed Southern Methodist College to provide post-secondary education to students studying Southern Methodist Church tenets.
The college initially opened in Greenville before relocating to the historic home known as Banksia in Aiken in 1958. The college then moved again in 1961 when Harriett Adden gave her home in Orangeburg (below) and 22 acres of surrounding property to the Southern Methodist Church. The home was built by Harriett Adden’s husband, Frederick, as a wedding gift to her. While the Adden home served as the campus’s first building, several others were added over the years, including a gymnasium, a library, and a dormitory. The college also continued to acquire property, including the neighboring Luther Adden home and an additional 19 acres of land in 1982.
In March of 2016 the school elected to become primarily an online college. The change would come into effect starting in the fall of 2016. The objective of the change was to make the college more financially stable. Some students may still meet on campus for special classes or to observe classes as they are being filmed for online viewing. Other changes to the school include selling and leasing some of its buildings. The Adden House will remain the headquarters of the Southern Methodist Church.
Southern Methodist College Info
Address: 541 Broughton Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115
GPS Coordinates: 33.481722,-80.859391
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