Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Hopewell Cemetery

5314 Old River Rd., FLorence, South Carolina


Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Hopewell Cemetery, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Hopewell Presbyterian Church and Hopewell Cemetery are historically related properties set at opposite sides of Old River Road in the Claussen community of rural Florence County. The church, completed in 1842, is a good example of a two-story frame edifice in the Greek Revival style. The church has a pedimented front gable end, two-story portico with two wood pillars and matching pilasters at the enclosed outer bays, and bands of five windows, taller at the principal level, at the side elevations. The building is clad in weatherboard, except the tympanum and wide architrave have flushboard siding, and rests on a brick pier foundation with brick infill. The cemetery, in use since the late eighteenth century, occupies a three-acre site where the original Hopewell Presbyterian Church stood. It contains a notable collection of nineteenth century marble headstones and monuments, many signed by their carvers, laid out in a distinctive pattern of alignment by family. Inside the cemetery is the church’s early Session House. Listed in the National Register June 2, 2000. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 2000
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Current functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1779; 1842; 1946
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View", Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller