Taveau’s history unique among rural churches

“One of the most significant aspects of this church is its balcony that was taken from Strawberry Chapel and donated to Taveau in the 20th century,” stated Michael Bedenbaugh, executive director of Preservation S.C. “Strawberry Chapel and Taveau Church are inextricably connected. I believe the preservation of both is vitally important to this region.”

Patra Taylor’s series on South Carolina’s endangered rural churches continues with a feature story about Berkeley County’s Taveau Church. Continue reading “Taveau’s history unique among rural churches”

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.

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. Continue reading “Saving Trinity”

Beyond the marker

“Mulberry Methodist and many of the rural churches and temples I’ve photographed are in dilapidated condition, and no one seems to have the resources to preserve what was important enough to place on the National Register of Historic Places.”

Sacred Spaces

Beyond the marker is the third in a series by Patra Taylor about Preservation South Carolina’s efforts to save the state’s rural historic churches and temples.

If you wish to start from the beginning…

The first in the series, The journey begins, appeared in the March 2019 issue. Here’s an excerpt: Having lived in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville during his adult life, Fitzpatrick knew South Carolina’s history through the lens of big cities. But the towns and districts he’d passed traveling from one city to the next never registered with him…until now.”

The second in the series, The road to Prosperity, appeared in the April 2019 issue. Here’s an excerpt:  “Our work is not about the monumental architecture,” states Bedenbaugh. “It’s about the monumental stories. History is a man-made thing. It’s about the human experience.”

Continue reading “Beyond the marker”