This elegant clapboard gem is the third-oldest surviving church building in Charleston. Founded and paid for by both white and black citizens, it was built in 1797, with the finishing touches applied in 1807. By 1840, its African-American members had left to form their own congregation, and 12 years later the church was moved to the western part of its lot for them to use. A new church, Bethel Methodist, was completed in 1854 on the original space at 57 Pitt Street for the white worshipers in a grand Greek Revival style. In 1880, Old Bethel moved again, across the street to its present location, where it still serves a predominantly African-American congregation.
- Frommer's Staff