Old Bethel United Methodist Church, Charleston

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Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Old Bethel United Methodist Church is located at 222 Calhoun Street, Charleston, South Carolina. It is the oldest Methodist church still standing in the city.
Originally built about 1797/1798 for the Bethel Methodist congregation, after 1854 this structure was moved from its first place on the site and reserved for its black members. The white members took control of the new church completed that year on the site. In 1882 officials of Bethel Methodist gave this wooden church building to the black church members; they moved it across to the north side of Calhoun Street (earlier known as Boundary Street) in April 1882.
Both churches were listed separately on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
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  • I attended a wonderful presentation on Gullah Geechee culture. They shared triumphs and tragedies of the people who live(d) here; in song and story. "When I First Membered" is a powerful, and...  more »
  • A must see when visiting Charleston. Every Thursday 7:00 pm. Such an amazing interactive play. I would definitely recommend.  more »
  • Old Bethel is open to the public from June - October and during the fall and winter months by appointment . They offer an interactive tour and story of the church and the lives of the free and enslave people of the 1880 . You will hear songs of the Gullah, African and people ,they take you on a journey that makes you cry,laugh,and feel as if you have visited the 1880's.
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