St. Luke's Methodist Church, Bluffton, S.C.
The original church of St. Luke's Parish was built in 1786. This church burned sometime before 1824, when a second church was built on land donated by John Guerard, one-half mile east of the original building. The Rev. Peter Van Pelt was in charge of the church, sometimes alled "Bull Hill Church" since it is located on land from John Bull's Bull Hill Plantation. Episcopal services were discontinued after 1856 and the church was sold to the Methodists in 1875.
The frame Meeting House style building measures 40 by 36 feet with arched windows and doorways. Two doors on the front are located on either side of the pulpit and were for the white chuch members. The slaves entered at the rear, which ead to the gallery. The original high backed pews still remain, as does the wide board flooring.
Photography by my late father, R. Mack Griffeth.