Old Stone Church and Cemetery

Also known as: Hopewell-Keowee Church
1.5 mi. N of Pendleton off U.S. 76, Pendleton, South Carolina

Historic meeting house style church in Pickens County, SC


Old Stone Church & Cemetery


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The principal founders and elders of the Old Stone Church were Rev. War Generals Andrew Pickens and Robert Anderson. Constructed of fieldstone and rectangular in shape, the church has flat arches with slight radiation in voussoirs and exterior stairs. Its interior features include wooden benches and a raised wooden pulpit. The Old Stone Church and Cemetery were listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1971. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS SC-610)

The Old Stone Church is significant architecturally as a masonry adaptation of meeting house architecture and as a representative of the early pioneer church in South Carolina. Many prominent men are buried in its cemetery. On October 13, 1789, the congregation of Hopewell-Keowee Church asked to be taken into the Presbytery of South Carolina. Construction of the Old Stone Church began in 1797, replacing the congregationís log meeting house that had burned. The natural fieldstone rectangular structure with medium gable roof was completed in 1802. It is six bays deep with high fenestration. The windows are the size of its doorways, all of which are topped with a flat arch. Exterior stairs lead to the slave gallery at the rear of the church. During the 1890s, the Old Stone Church and Cemetery Commission was organized, a wall put around the graveyard, and repairs made to preserve the old building. Listed in the National Register November 5, 1971. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 5, 1971
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Meeting House Style
Areas of significance
Military; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Current functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1750-1799
Significant years
1797; 1802
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"