City Directories and History: Greenbrier Methodist Church was organized in circa 1873 and remains one of Fairfield Counties outstanding pieces of religious architecture. It has also been noted that the same stone fence type was constructed here as well as at the original Crooked Creek Baptist Church location.
“There is a section of Fairfield County about five miles southwest of Winnsboro which is known as the Greenbriar Community. This name is derived from the fact that in the 1850 s a Mr. Curlee donated land for the building of a Methodist Church here, and the people in deciding on a name for their church chose Greenbriar because of the excessive growth of this evergreen, which seemed to confine itself to the vicinity. This plant was handsome and decorative, thus often taking the place of mistletoe and holly as a Christmas decoration.” (Information for this name origin was received from Hayne McMeekin of Winnsboro.)
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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