All Saints Episcopal Church

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1595 Williston Highway (SC Hwy 278), Beech Island, SC 29842

allsaintsepiscopalOrganized in 1827 by evangelist N.H. Hoyt of Vermont as the Beech Island Presbyterian Church, this Greek-Revival antebellum church was built in 1831 with the help of slave labor borrowed from neighboring plantations. Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, accompanied his father, Dr. Joseph Wilson, to this church as a young boy. Dr. Joseph Wilson served as the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Ga., and as an Elder in the Beech Island church. It was here that Woodrow Wilson met his future wife, Ellen Axson, whose father, the Rev. Hoyt Axson, served as the pastor. An Episcopal Mission bought the church in 1955 and changed the name to All Saints Episcopal Church.