Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
[unknown]
Street Address:
New Hope Road, Newberry, SC, W side, approx. 1/4 mi. N of int. w/ Hwy 176

Site Number:
1245
Control Number:
U/71/1245
Date Surveyed:
June 18 2003
Construction Date:
1881
Alteration Date:
1936;1942;1962
Historic Use:
Religion
Current Use:
Religion
Historic Core Shape:
Rectangular
Number of Stories:
1.5
Construction Method:
frame
Exterior Walls Materials:
Vinyl Siding
Foundation Materials:
Brick Piers
Roof Shape:
gable, end to front
Roof Materials:
composition shingle
Porch Shape:
gable
National Register Determination:
not eligible
Alterations:
An addition has been placed on the rear fa├žade.
Historical Information:
Bethlehem Lutheran was the third Lutheran church established in the county. The congregation first met at Wicker's Camp Ground in 1784 and erected a small log structure. The first sanctuary building for Bethlehem Church was constructed in 1816 under the direction of its first pastor, Reverend Godfrey Dreher. This church was the site of two meeting of the Lutheran Synod: 1855 and 1863. The present church building was constructed in 1881 and remodeled in 1942. The education building was erected in 1936 and the new parish building in 1962.
Source of Historical Information:
Pope, Thomas. The History of Newberry County, South Carolina Vol. 1. Columbia; University of South Carolina Press, 1973. pp 80. Pope, Thomas. The History of Newberry County, South Carolina Vol. 2 1860-1990. Columbia; University of South Carolina Press, 1992. pp 295.
Quadrangle Name:
Pomaria

Related place
Newberry County