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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  • We first strolled the cemetery, which is the best in Charleston! The church itself is beautiful with a wonderful history. Linda was the best guide and provided so much history of the building as well ...  more »
  • Church is pretty and historic. Open for tours at times and worth doing. What is special is the yard with native plants that they let grow naturally and in some cases, overgrow the cemetery stones. Dif...  more »
  • I loved the gothic interior of the church, but loved the wild untamed churchyard foliage even more. I wish we could've had even more time to explore.  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.

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