The history of the Old Bethel United Methodist Church (222 Calhoun St., 843/722-3470), third-oldest church building in Charleston , is a little confusing. Completed in 1807, the church once stood across Calhoun Street, until a schism formed in the black community over whether they should be limited to sitting in the galleries (in those days in the South, blacks and whites attended church together far more frequently than during the Jim Crow era).
The entire black congregation wanted out, so in 1852 it was moved aside for the construction of a new church for whites, and then entirely across the street in 1880. Look across the street and sure enough you’ll see the circa-1853 Bethel Methodist Church (57 Pitt St., 843/723-4587, worship Sun. 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.).