Gillette (or Gillett’s) United Methodist Church
S-3-47, near SC 3, (Allendale vicinity)
Architect or Builder:
said to have been built by slaves.
Signficant Architectural Features:
Frame church, rectangular in plan, with pedimented gable roof and boxed cornice. Most of the exterior of the church has been covered with white asbestos siding. Windows are double-hung sash, 2/2 (probably not original), appear to have originally had exterior shutters, and glass panes are now textured glass (not original). Front: symmetrical, ABA; central front entrance with double doors (not original) is sheltered by a small, 1-loay gable supported by slender square wooden supports (this porch is not original). A cross has been added to the ridge of the roof near the front of the church. Low, 1-story rear addition. OUTBUILDINGS: none
Manor architectural alterations include a rear addition, apparent replacement of original windows, asbestos siding, and the addition of a small front porch.
Gillette Church is believed to have been organized prior to 1844. The present church building is thought to have been constructed ca. 1860 on land donated bv Mrs. Sara Bryan Kearse. The church was named for one of the county's first settlers, Gillett from Ireland.
Source of Historical Information:
Allendale on the Savannah, p. 106; "Gillette Methodist Church" (typed, unsigned page on file at LSCOG), A Survey of Historical Sites in the Lower Savannah Region, p. 52.
Allendale County, 1979-1980
Box 13, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014