10158 Gray’s Highway
City Directories and History: “The church was constituted in 1836 as the summer home of the Coosawhatchie Baptist Church. The building, (Gillisonville Baptist) which was completed in 1838, is in the Greek Revival style. The frame structure has a portico in the gable end supported by Doric order columns which rest on brick foundations. The facade is three bays wide in the ”ABA” pattern. The large central door is flanked by smaller doors capped by rectangular transoms. A square bell tower rises from the ridgepole. Windows on each side of the building are twelve over twelve over twelve (12/12/12) lights.
The interior of the building has two side aisles, box pews and a slave gallery in the rear supported by chamfered edge columns.
A contingent of Union troops used the church as a headquarters during the Civil War. The communion service, which is still in use, was etched by a Union soldier, “War of 1861-2-3-4. Feb. 1865. This is done by a Yankee soldier.”
Information from: Historic Resources of the Lowcountry, The Lowcountry Council of Government, Cynthia C. Jenkins, Preservation Planner – Published, 1979
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