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Shiloh Methodist Church — Inman, South Carolina


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This Methodist meeting house-style church in the Spartanburg County town of Inman is the earliest surviving church building in the area and one of the oldest in the upper part of the state. Built between 1825 and 1830, Shiloh Methodist Church features the simple design common to church structures in the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. The congregation formed shortly after the Revolutionary War and met outdoors as early as 1786. The first meeting house was made of hand-hewn logs; it eventually burned and was replaced by this one.

Shiloh Methodist Church

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The congregation was part of the Broad River Circuit of traveling Methodist preachers from 1785 until 1802 and was served by the Saluda Circuit from 1802 until 1803. It then joined the Enoree Circuit until 1833. Shiloh Methodist Church is the mother church of several other congregations – many, though not all, Methodist. The last members left Shiloh in 1915 to join Inman Methodist Church, now Inman United Methodist Church, which owns this meeting house, its churchyard, and surrounding property.

Shiloh Methodist Inman

Michael Miller of Spartanburg, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Some changes have been made to the meeting house since it was built, such as the replacement of floor boards, though most of its features are original. The church was never outfitted with electricity, and many wall sconces remain from the time of the church’s completion. Though the church is inactive, a homecoming service is held here the third May of each year.

Shiloh Methodist Inman

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Shiloh Methodist Church is listed in the National Register:

Shiloh Methodist Church, built between 1825 and 1830, is significant as a particularly intact example of the vernacular meeting house form of ecclesiastical architecture common in rural churches in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It is the earliest surviving church sanctuary in Spartanburg County and one of the earliest in the South Carolina upcountry. Its congregation, founded shortly after the American Revolution, is the “mother church” of several Methodist churches in the area and churches of other denominations as well. The church’s simplicity of form and materials, as well as its strikingly rural and pastoral setting, has been preserved for more than 175 years. It is a simple, unadorned, one-room, rectangular building constructed in a vernacular meeting house form and clad in whitewashed, horizontally-applied drop or German siding.

The church cemetery occupies the back portion of the three-acre lot. The grave markers in the cemetery, dating from 1816 to 2004, are a mixture of granite headstones, still in good condition, old markers with barely legible lettering, and some with unreadable letters even by tracing the stones; many graves are marked by plain field stones. Shiloh Methodist Church was a circuit church for most of its existence, dependent on a minister traveling a circuit to preach at several churches. About 1915, the last fourteen members of the congregation transferred their membership to Inman Methodist Church, now Inman United Methodist Church, which owns the historic church and cemetery.


Shiloh Methodist Church Info


Address: Blackstock Road, Inman, SC 29349
GPS Coordinates: 35.02603333,-82.08455


Shiloh Methodist Church Map





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7 Comments about Shiloh Methodist Church

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
July 15th, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Hey Dianne, please feel free to use our information as you stated (by quoting). To speak to Michael Miller about the photo, you would have to reach out to him directly on this type of situation but we can help with that, here is his email address: michael_a_miller@yahoo.com. Thank you and good luck with your research!

Dianne ShaferNo Gravatar says:
July 15th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

I am in the process of writing a genealogical narrative about my Deavours-Bishop-Ford ancestors-all of whom near Shiloh church around the time of the Revolution. This narrative will be unpublished and distributed free of charge to about 30 relatives. I seek permission from Michael Miller to include his picture of the church. I also seek permission from the scpictureproject.org to share, in quotations, the first paragraph of this article. Thank you for your assistance, Dianne Deavours Shafer

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 21st, 2018 at 11:40 am

The website, Find a Grave, is a fantastic resource. They do have this church listed though we did not see your ancestor’s name listed within the memorials added: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2195740/memorial-search?page=1#sr-36557062

elwanda mccabeNo Gravatar says:
March 21st, 2018 at 2:39 am

I am searching for a list of people buried here. My descendant, Rowland Johnson, may be buried here. Where can I get a list?

Frankie B.ShehanNo Gravatar says:
August 26th, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Who do you contact if Shiloh is a historical church? What are the requirements to keep it historical? It needs
some work done. I can get it done but I need to know what the rules are. Thank you, Frankie Shehan

Frankie B.ShehanNo Gravatar says:
August 20th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

I am Frankie Shehan and I have been involved with trying to keep it historical. I am 84 and visit Shiloh often. My father was the caretaker until he passed away at 86. I am his daughter. I am trying to help keep it historical. Put a picture of Shiloh in the group of pictures. I could not find the image on the group pictures. Thank you very much.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 23rd, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hi, Frankie. We would love to add your photo to the SC Picture Project! Please go to the following link and click on the button that says “Add Images.” http://www.sciway.net/sc-photos/ Thank you!




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