Through the years there have been questions
concerning the year in which Nazareth came into being. With the absence of
church records documenting the year in which the congregation was formed, other
historical records were searched in an effort to put these questions to rest.
Attempts to search Lexington County land records were fruitless because all
records prior to 1830 were destroyed by Union troops in 1864. Also, a search of
the records stored at SC State Archives failed to provide the desired
information. At long last, the information being sought was located in the
family history of the "Roof Family of Central SC, 1748-1999."
At the time of its founding in the early 19th
century, the Nazareth Lutheran Church community encompassed a large area of the
upper sand hill region of Lexington County. Nazareth sometimes is referred to
as the Mother Church with off springs of several other churches in the area,
which were organized to serve their respective communities as the rural areas
became heavier populated.
Driving a Buggy to Church
It would seem strange to
drive a buggy to church today, and then throw down some food for the horse to
eat while attending services. But it wasn't unusual during the early 30's.
My parents talk about how they used to
serve dinner to the preacher and his family. Once, they had a preacher that
wasn't married and every Sunday someone from the church would invite him to
eat dinner with them.