South Dakota February 01, 2019
The Oldest Church In South Dakota Dates Back To The 1800s And You Need To See It
South Dakota is chock-full of gorgeous churches from every era and every denomination, but only one church can be called the oldest. Can you guess which SoDak chapel has been around the longest? Read on to see if you are correct:
Located in the southeast corner of the state is the small community of Renner and its historic Renner Lutheran Church.
Founded as the Nidaros Church in 1868, the church was originally located in the home of Norwegian immigrants before the first building was built 3 years later.
Sadly, the original 1871 sanctuary was destroyed during a wind storm, which is when the current 1878 church was constructed.
Today, this National Register of Historic Places inductee (which was up and moved two times before landing in Renner) still holds weekly services, and boasts such ornate features as a handcrafted altar built in 1886...
...intricate stained glass...
...and even gorgeous chandelier-like light fixtures.
Renner Lutheran Church is located at 47474 258th St. in Renner.
For even more of our favorite SoDak churches, check out
These 7 Churches In South Dakota Will Leave You Absolutely Speechless.