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Historical Society

The South Carolina Conference Historical Society of the UMC

“A Ministry of Memory”

Invitation to join the Historical Society

Our Purpose

The Conference Historical Society seeks to encourage the study and preservation of the history of Methodism in the South Carolina Conference, as well as its predecessor Conferences.  The Society is a volunteer membership organization that works alongside the Conference Commission on Archives and History to promote historical preservation and awareness.  The Society sponsors programs relating to the history of local churches as well as Methodism generally.  It also seeks to support the work of archival preservation at the Conference and local church levels.

The Society believes that its ultimate purpose is to serve as a “ministry of memory” for the Christian church as reflected in the Methodist tradition.  We believe that the preservation and study of history is important because it reminds us of the roots of our faith and unites us in the love of Christ through common bonds.  We also recognize that the study of history is important because it teaches us how the church has functioned in the past within the contours of culture and society, providing valuable lessons for the church in its ministries today.


Membership in the SC Conference Historical Society is open to anyone who is interested in Methodist history in South Carolina.  The cost of membership is nominal:  $15 per year or $100 for a life membership.  As a member, you will receive a subscription to the Historical Society newsletter, The MARK, usually published three times a year.  Members are invited to attend regular meetings of the Society, which are held in the Spring and the Fall at various locations around the state, as well as occasional special events.  Ministers with an interest in history and local church historians are especially urged to join so that they can share ideas, encourage each other and learn more about the broader history of Methodism within the state.

To join the Society, click here for a registration form.  Please complete the form and return it with your check to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society at the address provided.


President – J. Robert Huggins

Vice President – Joyce E. Plyler

Secretary-Treasurer – Roger M. Gramling 

Editor, The Mark – Rev. Dr. A. V. Huff, Jr.

Current Projects

Restoration of the Burdine Lodge

The Historical Society is currently raising funds to assist in the reconstruction and restoration of a rare log structure in Pickens county known as the “Burdine Lodge” dating to the 1790s. Tradition records, and Asbury’s journal tends to confirm, that Bishop Francis Asbury used the lodge as a stopping place during several of his visits to the upcountry of South Carolina. The reconstructed and restored log home will be added to other exhibits at the Hagood Mill Historic Site to celebrate the pioneering influence of Methodism in early South Carolina religious life.

For More Information

We always welcome the opportunity to talk about our Methodist history and the work of the South Carolina Conference Historical Society.  Please contact:

Bob Huggins 843-687-0543, E-Mail: jrhtrio@aol.com

MINUTES 11-07-2015

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