Pawleys Island Chapel – Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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Originally home to the Pentecostal Holiness Church in nearby Georgetown, this quaint chapel did not arrive on Pawleys Island until the late 1940s, when it was dismantled and transported to the island. The chapel was carefully rebuilt by the Georgetown Laymen’s Association in 1946 and dedicated on June 6, 1948. It rests on land donated by Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Porter.

Pawleys Island Chapel

Matt Trudeau of Murrells Inlet © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The formal name of the church is the Pawleys Island House of Worship, though it is more commonly known simply as the Chapel. The small church managed to survive both Hurricane Hazel and Hurricane Hugo, and it continues to serve as the island’s only house of worship. Services are held each Sunday at 10 AM.

Pawleys Island Chapel SC

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The small sanctuary extends into the marsh, affording visitors a singular view of the tidal creek. Though vulnerable to floods due to heavy rains and high tides, the chapel has so far remained unscathed by rising waters. The Pawleys Island Chapel is available for weddings from September through May, and ceremonies must be conducted by an ordained minister. See contact information below.

The Chapel on Pawleys Island

Angie Pack of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Pawleys Island Chapel

Contributor Treva Thomas Hammond shares her experience capturing the middle photo above: “The Pawleys Island Chapel has captured my eye for many summers. I love its simple elegance on the creek water’s edge as it beckons beach-loving parishioners on a summer morning.”

Pawleys Chapel

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Hammond, a regular visitor to the island, goes on to tell us this about the above photo: “Sunrise on Pawleys Island is magnificent to behold, and the chapel over the creek is one of my favorite spots on the island.”

Angie Pack of Greenville says of her photo, the third on this page: “The sun was setting and the clouds looked beautiful across the marsh behind the chapel. The sun coming through the windows made it look as if the lights were on in the chapel.”

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Pawleys Island Chapel Info

Address: 391 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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4 Comments about Pawleys Island Chapel

Bill SegarsNo Gravatar says:
January 28th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Wonderful, thoughtfully framed photographs by all 3 photographers. Well done.

Gwen Mills says:
December 28th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

One of my favorites in Pawleys Island, SC

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 14th, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Arlene! The chapel is managed by Pawleys Island Realty. Please see the link below for information on reserving a date:

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Arlene DurrettNo Gravatar says:
March 13th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

My family is traveling from all over the US (KY, MD, RI, and MA) to visit Pawleys Island this July. My mother passed away last summer and we would LOVE to have a mass/service in her honor at this chapel or on the beach. Any information would be appreciated. Our family has approximately 25-30 people. Thank you, Arlene Durrett

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