In the first half of this two-part presentation, discover the oldest church in South Carolina’s Upstate, Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. First established around 1755 when Scots-Irish Presbyterians from Pennsylvania and Virginia settled in the area, one of its well-known members was the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. Waxhaw Cemetery is significant in its relationship to Revolutionary War era figures William Richardson Davie and Andrew Pickens. In the second half, you’ll learn of the “Calhoun Settlement” and the Lower Long Cane Massacre site where the matriarch of the Calhoun family, Catherine, was killed by the Cherokee. Her son, Patrick, survived and went on to have a son of his own, John C. Calhoun. Other stories include the history of Cedar Springs Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Ninety Six Star Fort, a site of Revolutionary War battles.
Photographer and preservationist Bill Fitzpatrick is the author of several books, all of which reflect his interest in travel and history. His most recent effort, a 264-page coffee table book, South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces, is now in its second printing. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Preservation South Carolina and its “Sacred Spaces Fund.”