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Unitarian Church, Charleston

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The Unitarian Church in Charleston, home to a Unitarian Universalist congregation, is an historic church located at 4 Archdale Street in Charleston, South Carolina. It is "the oldest Unitarian church in the South" and is a National Historic Landmark. It is the second oldest church in downtown Charleston. Its construction began in 1772 when the Society of Dissenters (now known as the Circular Congregational Church) needed more space than its Meeting Street location could provide. It was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War began, finally being repaired and officially dedicated in 1787.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973.HistoryThe Unitarian Universalist Church was not originally built by the Unitarians. It was constructed by the Society of Dissenters who needed more worship space. Construction began in 1774 and was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War ignited. It is thought that when the British occupied Charleston, they quartered militia and possibly even horses in the building. It was not until after the war ended that the building could be repaired and officially dedicated in 1787. It was unofficially named The Archdale Street Meeting House.For 30 years following the dedication, the Meeting Street and Archdale Street churches operated as a single entity. They shared not only the same two ministers, but the same sermon was delivered each Sunday. Drs. Hollinshead and Keith, co-pastors of the church, preached one sermon in both houses each Sunday, alternating morning and afternoon services. In 1817, one of the ministers and several congregants became Unitarians, moved to the Archdale Street Meeting House, and founded the Second Independent Church in Charleston.
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  • Even in the heat of June, it is so cool to walk the little hidden ally off King street that cuts into the cemetery of the Unitarian church. The graveyard has a beauty in its overgrown plants. Inside t...  more »
  • We love cemeteries (we're from Salem, MA -- we can't help it!) and this one is especially lovely. Lots of greenery and beauty all around.  more »
  • Only visited the cemetery. The cemetery tour was part of a Ghost Tour. This cemetery, adhering to the traditions of Unitarians, is unkempt--allowed to grow wild and poorly tended. Yet there was an amb...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning graveyard! My favorite one in downtown.
  • Friendly, accepting, w/strong social vision & mission all vision.
  • Overgrown cemetery is eery yet beautiful.
  • Walk through the church yard. It's beautiful and peaceful.
  • Always uplifting.