Unitarian Church in Charleston, Charleston

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The Unitarian Church in Charleston, home to a Unitarian Universalist congregation, is an historic church located at 4 Archdale Street in Charleston, South Carolina. It is "the oldest Unitarian church in the South" and is a National Historic Landmark. It is the second oldest church in downtown Charleston. Its construction began in 1772 when the Society of Dissenters (now known as the Circular Congregational Church) needed more space than its Meeting Street location could provide. It was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War began, finally being repaired and officially dedicated in 1787.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.HistoryThe Unitarian Universalist Church was not originally built by the Unitarians. It was constructed by the Society of Dissenters who needed more worship space. Construction began in 1774 and was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War ignited. It is thought that when the British occupied Charleston, they quartered militia and possibly even horses in the building. It was not until after the war ended that the building could be repaired and officially dedicated in 1787. It was unofficially named The Archdale Street Meeting House.For 30 years following the dedication, the Meeting Street and Archdale Street churches operated as a single entity. They shared not only the same two ministers, but the same sermon was delivered each Sunday. Drs. Hollinshead and Keith, co-pastors of the church, preached one sermon in both houses each Sunday, alternating morning and afternoon services. In 1817, one of the ministers and several congregants became Unitarians, moved to the Archdale Street Meeting House, and founded the Second Independent Church in Charleston.
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  • We were walking on King Street when we happened upon a little gate that opened into the expansive churchyard with its weathered tombstones and lovely grounds. On a late March morning, the azaleas were...  more »
  • We visited the garden/cemetery today and it was intriguing. One large tombstone by the walkway nearest the church told of a shipwreck in the 1840's that took the body and life of the described.  more »
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  • Oh wow! This was a part of the Ghost Tour. We went in and we spent a good 15 minutes inside the graveyard listening to a story that will certainly shake you up a bit. The photos of what has been captured in that graveyard do not seem worked on and that made the experience all the more spooky. The graveyard is not attended to and the plants grow wild and many headstones are hidden deep under the foliage but apparently the oldest one there that you CAN see dates back to 1792! Spooked much!
  • This place was beautiful and it was neat see all the history here! I saw some graves from the late 1600's!

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