First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby Street at West Palmetto Street, Florence, SC
FBC's imposing tall steeple is well-known in Florence and is probably taller than any other building in Florence city and county. I use it as a beacon/guide to find my way around Florence where I am often lost in direction here like I do Empire State Building in New York.
The steeple was added in 1876 when there really was no Florence save in name only as there was nothing to denote a town except the junction of the two railroads, the Wilmington and Manchester bound for Wilmington and the Northeastern bound for Charleston.
FBC first opened its doors June 5, 1866 when Florence was filled with many refugees after the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.
The church went through another re-build in 1941, and on March 18, 1951, the new (and current) sanctuary was completed.
FBC steeple lit at night behind Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.