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White House United Methodist Church, Orangeburg County (U.S. Hwy. 301, Orangeburg vicinity)
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(White Meeting House; White Church) The White House United Methodist Church is one of the finer and increasingly rare examples in South Carolina of the popular “meeting house” style typical of rural and less affluent church congregations. Built ca. 1850, the church reflects the style’s bare and simple design principles, affording only the essentials needed for worship. This can be seen in the church’s rectangular plan, original clapboard siding and hard hand-hewened pine benches. With the exception of a choir loft, stained glass windows, and carpet the interior appears much as it originally did. The front portico is a 1939 addition, as are the rooms added to the rear. The church building, third on the site, houses the oldest Methodist congregation in Orangeburg County, dating back to the late 1780s. Francis Asbury, the first Bishop of American Methodism, visited the congregation in 1801 and 1803. Listed in the National Register May 13, 1974.

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