Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery remains today the site of the church organized 1728 by Rev. Archibald Stobo, the father of the Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. Until the Revolution, all ministers of Bethel came from Scotland. The first building was called the “Meeting House” and lasted until 1746 when a handsome church was erected. Eleven thousand handmade bricks made up the foundation of the forty-foot square building. This colonial church was destroyed by a forest fire in 1886. Buried here is Commander John Herbert Dent, acting commanding officer of the US Constitution, “Old Ironsides.”

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