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Bethesda United Methodist Church — Cades, South Carolina


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This modern brick church in the Williamsburg County community of Cades is the third to house the congregation of Bethesda United Methodist. The congregation formed in 1879, and worshipers initially gathered beneath a brush arbor to hear sermons by circuit preachers.

Bethesda UMC Cades

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Around 1884, a one-room church was built for the burgeoning congregation about a quarter-mile west of this site. This simple church served its members for nearly ten years. In 1893, this two-acre site was purchased, and the church relocated down the road.

Bethesda UMC Marker

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A new frame church was quickly built on this site and housed the congregation for nearly a century. In 1971 the present church, shown here, replaced the historic sanctuary. Sitting next to the church is the vacant building of the former Cooper’s Academy, a private school established in 1905 for African-American children.


Bethesda United Methodist Church Info


Address: 2000 Cade Road, Cades, SC 29518
GPS Coordinates: 33.762469,-79.673356


Bethesda United Methodist Church Map





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One Comment about Bethesda United Methodist Church

James JenkinsNo Gravatar says:
June 26th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Linda, your entry caught my attention because I lived in Lake City back in the early 80’s and frequently traveled many of the back roads in the area. Thanks for your entry. I hope you will cover the area with more local entries because it provides me many great memories. Jim Jenkins




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