Liberty Universalist Church and Feasterville Academy Historic District

SC 215, Winnsboro, South Carolina

Historic religious and educational district in Fairfield County, SC


Liberty Universalist Church

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Liberty Universalist Church and Feasterville Academy Historic District is a significant collection of early to mid-nineteenth century educational and religious buildings. The church is the only known nineteenth century Universalist Church remaining in the state and the academy complex is an unusually intact collection of buildings associated with an antebellum academy. The district contains four frame buildings believed to have been constructed between 1830 and 1845. The Church is located in a clearing on the western side of the highway. Three buildings associated with the Academy (a boarding house, a kitchen, and a school building) are located in a clearing on the eastern side. According to tradition the Universalist faith was established in the Beaver Creek section of rural Fairfield County by members of the Feaster family. The first member of the family to settle in Fairfield County was Andrew Feaster (1735-1821), a native of Switzerland. Feaster and his son John were both reputed to have been advocates of universal salvation. It is not known exactly when the Feasterville Academy was first organized. In 1841 the “trustees of Feasterville Academy” contracted with L.F.W. Andrews, an Universalist minister, to teach “the usual English and Classical branches” for the year 1842. Listed in the National Register December 6, 1984.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1984
Reference number
Areas of significance
Education; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; School; Educational related housing
Period of significance
Significant years
ca. 1832; 1842
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 25, 2016: New photo from Michael Miller
  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 31, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"