Hundreds of Historic Churches in the Old 96 District

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Historic Churches in Old 96 District

Hundreds of Historic Churches in the Old 96 District

Whether you have a special affinity for churches because of your religious or spiritual background, or you simply appreciate and embrace the stunning designs of church architects from days gone by, you’ll enjoy visiting (or even attending services) at the historic churches in the Old 96 District. There are approximately 421 churches in the surrounding counties of Abbeville, Greenwood, and McCormick; here’s a closer look at three of the many Historic Churches in the Old 96 District:

Catholic Church in Greenwood

Our Lady of Lourdes is located on 915 Mathis Road in Greenwood. It’s been a part of the Greenwood community since 1920. This Catholic church has a beautiful brick exterior and detailed stained glass windows. If you’re interested in attending services in this historic church, you can hear a homily by the Pastor Reverend James Crowley on Saturdays at 5:00 PM or Sundays at 9:30 AM. Although the church is historic, they continue to adapt and change with the times to attract and accommodate new parishioners. In fact, they even offer a Sunday evening Mass at 6 PM, in Spanish. If you are visiting the church on the first Friday of the month, you’ll be able to visit the Blessed Sacrament in the church.

Episcopal Church in Abbeville

Founded in 1842 and located at 200 Church Street in Abbeville, the historic Trinity Episcopal Church is run by the Right Reverend W. Andrew Waldo. Since both the county and city of Abbeville was named after the city of Abbeville in France, it’s no surprise this historic church was designed with stunning stained glass windows and built with brick in a French Gothic style.  The cornerstone was put in place in the year of 1859.  If you attend the Sunday 10 AM service, you’ll get to hear the church organ built by John Baker and assembled in 1860!

United Methodist Church in Greenwood

The Main Street United Methodist Church can be found at 211 Main Street in Greenwood. The pastor is Pastor Phil.  Although the chapel was used for worship in 1858, the current location of the church was established and named in 1906.  As with most historic churches, the beauty is in the details and the United Methodist Church is no exception. From it’s lovely wooden altar to its surrounding stained glass windows, this church has been a mainstay in the community for over 100 years. If you’d like to attend services at this historic place of worship, services are on Sundays at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.

While visiting these three Historic Churches in the Old 96 District, talk to the pastors to find out information about other historic churches in the Old 96 Distrct. No one knows the history of churches better than the individuals who devote their lives to preserving them, serving Masses at them, and welcoming devoted parishioners and new visitors to them! There’s lots to explore and discover about the Old 96 District, including the unique opportunity to experience the rich spiritual influence of many denominations and rich culture found within the walls of the area’s places of spiritual worship, including:

  • African Methodist Episcopal,
  • Episcopal,
  • Kingdom of Hall of Jehovah Witness,
  • Lutheran,
  • Baptist,
  • Pentecostal,
  • Catholic, and
  • Presbyterian, among other denominates.

Although there are many components that contribute to creating a charming, inviting, and historic community, it’s a town’s churches that serve as the underpinnings of the whole community. As you shop the specialty stores and enjoy the cuisine at the local eateries, take some time to peruse the many historic churches in the Old 96 District.

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February 9, 2015
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