Beech Branch Baptist Church
Beech Branch Baptist Church (Public)
315 Beech Branch Rd
Luray, S.C. 29932
In the beginning there was no meeting house. It is presumed services were held in homes or in the open. The first meetinghouse, a 16 by 20 structure in 1769 on a one acre lot on Duck Branch, donated by Thomas Collins. In 1796 , James Smart, son of the first pastor, obtained 71 acres of land on Beech Branch water of the Coosawhatchie River. He granted 7 acres to the church and later by will left the remainder for the church’s use. This constitutes the present property of the church. The earliest mention of the graveyard in the present location was on November 8 1817.
Info from “Allendale on the Savannah”
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