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ANTIOCH METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH (An article in the Yorkville Enquirer on March 13, 1934 tells the story of the building of Antioch in the Ogden community south/southwest of Rock Hill in the year 1878. Today the name is Antioch United Methodist Church.)
In the year 1878, Rev. J. Marion Boyd, a well-known Rock Hill Methodist minister, was serving the Rock Hill circuit, Rock Hill then being such a small town, and while Mr. Boyd was looking after the spiritual needs of the different communities, he found this one without a church for miles around. So he began preaching in the homes of Thadeus K. Bates, and James H. Kidd, and it was in these homes that Rev. Boyd started a work that resulted in the organization and building of Antioch church.
He began preaching in March, 1878, and by May the private homes could no longer accommodate the people and in June a brush arbor was built near where Antioch now stands, and it was beneath the shade of this arbor, that the congregation continued to worship during June, July and August. About the first of August, a few loyal members of this congregation, so the records go, determined to build a church, and on a hot sultry day, gathered together in the woods, near the brush arbor and began chopping and hewing sills, sleepers and framing. The rafters, weather boarding, flooring, plank to make the benches, nails, hinges and locks, were about all that was bought for this building. Even the boards that cover the roof, were split from oak. About sixty days from the time these determined men began chopping in the woods, Antioch church was finished and dedicated by Rev. J. Marion Boyd, September 29, 1878. . . . The records show that the actual cash spent in building the church was only $255.10.
(Information courtesy of and from: YCGHS – The Quarterly Magazine)
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on March 6, 1892 – “The Antioch School closed its session last week. In charge has been Frank Johnson of Fort Mill.”
The Rock Hill Herald reported on June 28, 1899 – “The Blackjack Picnic will be held on Saturday next, at the Mineral Spring near Antioch Methodist Church.” (Reported to be near the Boyd’s Farm just north of the Williamson and Mobley’s Store road crossing.)
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