Saint Thomas' Protestant Episcopal Church

Yelton Lane, Eastover, South Carolina


Saint Thomas' Protestant Episcopal Church, Right Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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St. Thomas’ Protestant Episcopal Church is significant for its association with the mission work of the Protestant Episcopal Church among the black population of lower Richland County following the Civil War. Architecturally it is significant as an unusually intact late nineteenth century vernacular church building featuring influences of the Gothic Revival style. The interior is particularly noteworthy. Constructed in 1892-1983, St. Thomas’ Protestant Episcopal Church is a simple, one-story, frame church building displaying elements of the Gothic Revival style. Despite minor alterations, the church retains the ability to convey its historical and architectural significance. The façade features a one-bay, gable-roofed porch supported by wooden posts. The rear elevation features a large tripartite lancet window flanked by smaller single lancet windows. The interior of the church features a ceiling with exposed beams and trusses and beaded-board wainscoting. The nominated acreage, which is located in an undeveloped area in the Sandhills, also contains the associated cemetery, site of St. Thomas’ Mission School, and a modern concrete parish house. Listed in the National Register March 27, 1986. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 27, 1986
Reference number
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
Significant years
1892; 1893
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • October 18, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" and Imported Photo
  • October 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller