Ruff's Chapel

U.S. 21 and SC 34, Ridgeway, South Carolina

Historic church in Ridgeway, SC


Ruff's Chapel, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Ruff’s Chapel was the first Methodist Church built in Ridgeway. It was built by a prominent Ridgeway merchant, David H. Ruff, who is buried in the small cemetery surrounding the church. Built about 1870, Ruff’s Chapel is a single-story, rectangular frame building, sheathed in weatherboard, with a front gabled roof. There are two sets of double doors on the façade, topped by four-light transoms and simple entablatures supported on scroll brackets. The roof is covered with embossed metal shingles. The square open belfry has a metal covered bellcast hip roof with a ball finial. According to tradition, Mr. Ruff threw sixty silver dollars into the metal when the bell was cast, to give it a silvery tone. The bell was removed for safekeeping after an attempt was made to steal it. Listed in the National Register November 26, 1980.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1980
Reference number
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1870
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 31, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"