Times have changed. People no longer ride up to Aimwell in buggies or surreys. Not many of us discuss the crops or new ideas or materials handwoven from home-grown cotton.
Modern transportation, improved mechanisms, synthetics, instant communication have all changed the ways of life – but nothing can change the Word of God, which is our common strand. We still read it, teach it, study it and pursue living it just like the early founders of our church. Aimwell stands today to face the future, never forgetting the faith and good works of our forefathers, who with God’s guidance gave us a rich heritage.
Aimwell is among the oldest Presbyterian churches in the state. The earliest obtainable record of our church's origin appears to be the year 1790. Services were held in the home of John and Ann Rosborough at Cedar Creek until Francis Robinson gave the land for the first Aimwell Church in 1798. A grass fire destroyed this church. A log church was then used until 1833 when Edward Gendron Palmer of Valencia gave the land where Aimwell Cemetery is located, and a frame church was placed on the land. The congregation numbered about 30.
Rev. C.W. Boggs was pastor when the church was dedicated November 18, 1859 (as inscribed on the baptismal bowl in the Relic Room).
The present church, built in 1893 was originally a white frame building. It is the fourth building to serve the congregation. In 1947 a recreational hall was added. The church was veneered and a vestibule was added in 1951. A new manse was built in 1956 (which now serves as church offices), and in 1963 a new Educational Building joined the sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
In 1982 the congregation voted to become a member of the Palmetto Presbytery. Therefore, we are under the watch-care of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The faithful thirty who were the original members of the first Aimwell left us a rich heritage. We shall never forget the exemplified faith and perseverance of our forefathers. We shall ever be grateful for the dedicated teachers, elders, deacons, pastors, parents, and friends who helped form our characters and taught us lessons about a wonderful Savior - the same Savior who has guided this Church through ages past and has brought us to our present.
When Aimwell started in 1790,
George Washington was President of the United States.
John Adams was Vice President.
Philadelphia was the capital of the United States, but President Washington appointed Pierre L’Enfant, a French-American engineer, to design the Federal City on a new capital site selected on the banks of the Potomac River. This city later became Washington, D.C.
The first United States Supreme Court session was held.
The largest American city was Philadelphia, with 42,000 persons, followed by New York (pop. 33,000), Boston (pop. 18,000), Charleston (pop. 16,000) and Baltimore (pop. 13,000).