McBee United Methodist Church

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

This octagonal church was commissioned by Vardry McBee (the ‘father of Greenville’) back in 1842 as a place for employees of one of his factories to worship. The thinking behind the design is that there is more usable floor space per square foot than a square design. It is located in Conestee, SC, and is on the National Register of historic places. It is just one of three surviving octagonal churches in the United States from this era.

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