Mt. Arnon Baptist Church

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
Mt. Arnon Baptist Church
Street Address:
U. S. 278, across from its intersection with S-3-59, (Allendale vicinity)

Site Number:
Site Number:
Date Surveyed:
Construction Date:
circa 1857
Current Use:
Construction Method:
wood frame
Foundation Materials:
Brick Piers with Fill
Roof Materials:
Signficant Architectural Features:
Clapboard church, rectangular in plan, with gable roof and boxed cornice with return. Windows are rectangular double hung sash, 9/9 lights and appear to have originally had sutters. Front: symmetrical, ABA: central entrance features double paneled doors framed by molding with corner blocks and a triangular pediment; above the entrance is a small 3/1 rectangular window; the doorway is flanked on either side by a window. Sides: are 4 bays, each side has a doorway at its west end. Rear: 2 windows with a small brick addition between them. OUTBUILDINGS: 1 Story rectangular concrete block building with gable roof is located immediately to the left of the church; picnic shelter.
Exterior - appears to have undergone minor changes; interior - altered.
Historical Information:
Rev. John Brooker of Patterson Mill Church and Rev. Joseph J. Lawton of the Smyrna Church preached at the bush arbor at the mill seat of Mr. Jesse W. Miller for about 2 years. After that, the meeting place was changed to a bush arbor at or near the site of the present Mt. Arnon Baptist Church. The church was organized in 1839, and later became a member of the Savannah River Association. Ca. 1883, it joined the Barnwell Association. In 1848, Mt. Arnon Church was involved in the formation of a District Foreign & Local Bible Society, which resulted 5 years later in the forming of the Southern Baptist Convention. Prior to the Civil War, this church had black members, primarily slaves of the white members.
Source of Historical Information:
Allendale on the Savannah, p. 84-88; A Survey of Historical Sites in the Lower Savannah Region.
Allendale County, 1979-1980
Archives Location:
Box 13, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014

Related place
Allendale County