Old St. David’s Episcopal Church – Cheraw, South Carolina
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St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cheraw formed in 1768. Members named their church for the Patron Saint of Wales to honor the native country of many Cheraw settlers. The building was constructed in 1770 and was the last Anglican church in South Carolina built under the rule of King George III. It was used a hospital in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
St. David’s became Episcopalian in 1819, and in 1826 members renovated the building to create the current structure. In 1916 the church moved to its present Market Street location. The Chesterfield County Historic Preservation Commission owns and maintains the old St. David’s church building.
The Old St. David’s Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register, which adds the following information:
One of the states’ few remaining pre-Revolutionary War church buildings, Saint David’s Parish was established by act of General Assembly 1768 and named for the patron saint of Wales, from which many Cheraw settlers had come. The building was used as a hospital during both the American Revolution and Civil War. The church is a unique example of eighteenth century meeting house construction. The original 1770-1773 frame building has entrances on the south side and west end, five windows on one side, six on the other and two at the east end. In the early 1800s a vestibule and square steeple were added at the western end. The steeple rising from the gable ridge pole possesses diminishing sections with louvered openings—sections are surrounded by wooden parapets with corner pinnacles, all surmounted by a cross. There are dentils under the cornice of each section.
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Address: 91 Church Street, Cheraw, SC
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