All Saints Episcopal Church – Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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All Saints Episcopal Church is located on the mainland of Pawleys Island, just south of Litchfield Plantation. The chapel pictured below, built in 1917, is the fourth to serve the congregation.
The first wooden chapel was built in the late 1730s on land purchased from Percival Pawley. This building served the congregation until 1798 when it was destroyed by fire. A second wooden chapel was constructed in its place, but was replaced in 1843 by a more ornate Greek Revival sanctuary. This sanctuary survived several major hurricanes, but was also destroyed by fire in 1915. The current structure replicates the 1843 design on a smaller scale.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, All Saints was one of the most notable Episcopal churches in South Carolina, serving many of the leading planters, politicians, lawyers, and public figures of antebellum Georgetown County. An Episcopal committee’s report from 1860 noted that, prior to the Civil War, All Saints Parish contained “more wealth than any other rural parish in South Carolina, or perhaps in the South.”
All Saints Episcopal Church is listed in the National Register, which says the following:
All Saints’ Episcopal Church was one of the most significant Episcopal churches in the South Carolina lowcountry in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Its first congregation was formed in 1739, and the church has been located at this site since then. Four extant historic resources—the historic sanctuary, cemetery, rectory, and chapel—are significant for their association with All Saints’ and for their architectural or artistic characteristics.
The sanctuary, built 1916-1917, the fourth to serve this congregation, is significant as an excellent example of Classical Revival style, adapting the design of the church’s nineteenth century sanctuary which burned in 1915. It is a one-story rectangular brick building sheathed in scored stucco. It has an engaged pedimented portico supported by four fluted Greek Doric columns. A Doric frieze, composed of triglyphs, metopes, and guttae, runs under the cornice around the building on three sides. The church has a large center aisle sanctuary with a coved tray ceiling. The church cemetery, established in the 1820s, is significant for the persons buried there, many of who were the leading public figures of antebellum Georgetown County. It is also significant a collection of outstanding gravestone art from ca.1820 to ca.1900. It is surrounded by a pierced brick fence (ca. 1930) with wrought iron gates. The church rectory, built in 1822, is an intact example of a Carolina I-House. The rear façade has been changed several times. The slave chapel at All Saints’ is nominated separately.
Reflections on All Saints Episcopal Church
Contributor Treva Thomas Hamlin shares, “Every summer I take my camera out to the All Saints Parish cemetery and walk around this historic parish. The Spanish moss hangs from the trees, and there is a quiet beauty here.”
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Address: 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
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