Saving Trinity

Mike quickly discovered the door was open and the church was welcoming, so he found himself inside, marveling at the church’s sophisticated architectural and pondering the original intent of those who built it in Abbeville on the eve of the American Civil War.

Photo of Trinity Episcopal Church

Sacred Spaces

Saving Trinity is the fourth in a series by Patra Taylor about Preservation South Carolina’s efforts to save the state’s rural Sacred Spaces. This article appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Charleston Mercury.

Excerpt from article: Each time Bedenbaugh turns the lock in the door, he bears the responsibility of representing the passions and integrity of the board of directors of Preservation South Carolina for which he serves as executive director. More importantly, he has made promises to the church’s congregants, to the community, to the Episcopal diocese. Saving this church edifice for future generations is personal. To Mike, they’re all personal.

To read the series from the beginning…

The journey begins appeared in the March 2019 issue.

The road to Prosperity appeared in the April 2019 issue.

Beyond the marker appeared in the May 2019 issue.

Our Photo Gallery features images of just a few of South Carolina’s at-risk  rural churches and temples. All images were taken by author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick. These images are used here with permission.

We need your help!

Photo of Taveau Church.
Michael Bedenbaugh, Executive Director of Preservation S.C.

You can help save South Carolina’s endangered rural churches and temples. Visit Preservation South Carolina to make a contribution. Or click here to check out author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick’s book tour schedule, or to order your copy of “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces: Seventy Churches and Temples that Helped Shape the State’s History and Culture.”

Excerpt from article: Within a few minutes of their meeting, Fitzpatrick offered Preservation South Carolina the rights to his book t to help raise awareness about the importance of preserving the state’s sacred spaces and to draw attention to those most at risk. Fitzpatrick also published and donated 1,000 copies of his book, with all the proceeds from sales going to a special fund to help repair and protect these important state treasures.”


Author: Patra Taylor

A freelance writer for three decades, Patra Taylor is currently a regular columnist and features correspondent for the Charleston Mercury. In that capacity, she has interviewed numerous Charleston celebrities along with a few national figures including FOX News political commentator, Tucker Carlson; Washington, D.C. insider-turned-winemaker, Bear Dyke; and country music singer/songwriter, Philip Claypool. She is also a regular contributor to Charleston Style and Design and the Southeast Film Guide.

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