September Roadtrip: Lower Long Cane Presbyterian Church
Founded in 1771 by Scots-Irish colonists, Lower Long Cane is one of the oldest churches in the South Carolina Upstate. In 1748 Dr. Thomas Clark, a Scottish pastor was called to a congregation in Northern Ireland. From there, he and the entire congregation emigrated as one body to South Carolina and carved out a place in the wilds of the newly re-settled Long Canes district.
The first worship service was on a board between two trees in the woods.
In the years to follow, Long Cane grew to become a seat of the community and a foundation of the Presbyterian church in the south. The present building, the columned antebellum Greek-Revival structure was built in 1853 and symbolized the plantation wealth that surrounded it.
In the 1940s, a new road was cut behind the church to bypass the cluttered old graveyard. In the following decades the boll weevil and harder economic times caused a decline, and the congregation dwindled.
Then, in 1994, Cris and I found it while exploring the countryside on a weekend roadtrip...and joined. We attended college nearby and quickly found a home here with these genuine, honest people.
Two years later, we were married here, with a reception beneath the columns.
It's good to be back.