Presbyterian Church

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The Presbyterian Church was organized in 1844.  The church was built in 1849 on the South side of Main Street.  The original pastors were George W. Hampson and Amos Chase.  Oliver N. Chapin served as supply pastor for some time. Early members included: Eli Catlin, Wolcott Bennett, Mrs. Lula Smith. Joseph Culver, Isaac Brown, Charles and John Day, Isaac Farndon and William McLay.   An active congregation was maintained until 1866.

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After the discontinuation of the Presbyterian congregation, the building was sold to the Congregational Church.  Elders JT Waid and William Major served at the church along with Reverend MacKellar.  Other members of the Congregationalists were:Homer Hall, WW Youngson, Peter Beisel, Isaac Catrin, and “16 females” (from an old record book).

The membership of the Congregationalist Church dwindled over the years and, in 1912, the building was advertised for sale for unpaid taxes.

From Feb 1, 1912 Titusville Herald

The building was purchased by the Spartansburg Grange who remodeled it and used the building for Grange activities for many years.

The Presbyterian Church Building (since 1912, owned by the Grange) as it appears today on the same lot.
The Presbyterian Church Building (since 1912, owned by the Grange) as it appears today on the same lot.

This is the building as it looks today.  It is no longer available for use as a public building due to needed repairs.

An article about the Grange appeared in the Spartansburg Sentinel on June 1, 2002. It shared some history about the Grange and leaders at that time

The building is now in the hands of the Spartansburg Community Foundation. The group is planning to raise funds to repair and rescue this historic building for community use.