5120 Highway 215 South
City Directories and History: Contractor Jacob Bookman, of whom little has been recorded, constructed both Little
River Baptist as well as Monticello Methodist churches using the same artisans who did the fine plaster work, built the simple church pews, turned the balustrade for the slave gallery and simply executed two of Fairfield
County’s outstanding examples of artisanship. Members of the building committee for the church included; Daniel B. Kirkland, Col. William Alston, Capt. J.K. Davis, and J. James. The church was constructed on large granite blocks and measures some 40-70 feet. At the time of the church’s early start, the Rev. A.J. Cathen was minister and Rev. R.J. Boyd served as presiding elder.
According to a history of Monticello Methodist Church, the building was constructed in 1861 by Jacob Bookman. The church is significant as a very intact example of a mid-nineteenth century rural church building. The interior retains the original pews as well as the former slave gallery along three wall elevations. The church is a one-story, front gable-roofed, weather boarded frame building in the Greek Revival style with a meeting house floor plan. The façade end of the gable is pedimented with a boxed cornice, plain frieze, and has a semicircular vent in the gable. The portico is supported by octagonal wooden columns on a stepped brick entrance. The façade has three entrance doors topped by Gothic Revival inspired pointed-arched, modern stained glass transom windows. The central entrance also has modern stained glass sidelights above wooden panels. The side elevations have multi-light, shuttered windows. There is a cemetery to the left of the church. Listed in the National Register December 6, 1984. [Courtesy of the S.C. Dept. of Archives and History]
Click on the More Information > link to find additional data – A Fairfield County Sketchbook, by J.S. Bolick, 2000 (Courtesy of the FCHS)
A stop on the Little White Church Jaunt – A Driving Tour
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