Wesley Chapel – Lydia, South Carolina


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Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Lydia is not only the oldest Methodist church in Darlington County, but one of the oldest in South Carolina. The church began in 1789 about a mile and a half north of the present location as a camp meeting site. Methodism in rural parts of the United States sprang from outdoor meeting sites known a “camps” where preachers would travel in circuits to conduct worship. Baptists had established this part of the Pee Dee region 50 years earlier, and when Methodists arrived seeking converts, they were the first non-Baptists to settle here.

Wesley Chapel

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was originally called Gully Church, and its members built their first meeting house in 1802. In 1832 the church acquired land at the present site and rebuilt, changing its name to Wesley Chapel in 1834. The current building was constructed in 1908 and remains a significant piece of religious history in the Pee Dee.

Wesley Chapel Marker

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: 3087 Wesley Chapel Road, Lydia, SC 29079

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