The Yorkville Enquirer reported on June 20, 1888 – “On last Friday lightening stuck the roof of the Episcopal Church in Spartanburg, shivering the timbers at both ends.”
141 Advent Road
City Directories and History: (Episcopal Church of the Advent) The Church of Advent is significant both as the home of the first Episcopal congregation organized in Spartanburg County, and as an excellent example of a Gothic Revival sanctuary and church complex designed before the Civil War, with significant alterations and additions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The sanctuary was designed in 1851 by the Reverend John DeWitt McCollough, rector at the Church of Advent 1850-1857 and 1859-1875, with later major alterations and additions designed by Silas McBee (1853-1954) and A. H. Ellwood and Sons in 1897. McCollough is also known to have designed a number of other churches in South Carolina. Major H.J. Dean’s quarry supplied the granite for the church, and slaves or free blacks, including several skilled carpenters, performed much of the labor. The sanctuary was finally completed in early 1864; a bell tower was added in
1870. The sanctuary was enlarged in 1897 to its current cruciform plan. Pendleton Hall, built 1912-13 as an addition to the north side of the sanctuary and designed by A. H. Ellwood and Sons, serves as the parish hall. The Church of the Advent also sponsors Boy Scout Troop No.1, founded in 1914 by Dr. Pendleton as the first Boy Scout troop organized in South Carolina. The Boy Scout hut on the church grounds was built in 1927. The church cemetery surrounds the sanctuary. Many of its monuments are of notable artistic merit. Listed in the National Register May 26, 2000.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
*** Note this church as well as that of the churches in Union and Greenville, S.C. were influenced by the architectural work of the NY firm of Willis and Dudley. Connect to Dudley’s work in NC.
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