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Pee Dee Presbyterian Church – Dillon, South Carolina

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This simple meeting house in rural Dillon takes its name from the nearby Little Pee Dee River – in fact, some records refer to the church as Little Pee Dee Presbyterian Church. It was founded around 1829 by the Reverend Duncan McIntire (also spelled McIntyre), who delivered his sermons in Gaelic for the many Scottish settlers who understood only that language. The tradition of Gaelic services continued until the Civil War. Prior to the founding of this congregation, Presbyterians in this area usually traveled to Ashpole Presbyterian in Rowland, North Carolina, just over the South Carolina border. The Reverend McIntire was the minister at Ashpole Presbyterian when he realized the need for a church along the Little Pee Dee River.

Pee Dee Presbyterian

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2005 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was established on the river near Campbell’s Bridge, and a log structure was built to accommodate its members. In 1851 the congregation relocated to the present site on land donated by Neil M. Carmichael and Mary McDuffie. The Carmichael family cemetery rests near the church and is often mistaken as the original church graveyard. This frame structure was built some time between 1851 and 1855, and individual families constructed the pews. The church was restored in the early part of the twentieth century; the original double-door entrance was replaced by a single door, and the double doors were converted into windows. An addition was built in the rear of the church during this process, which housed a new pulpit.

Pee Dee Presbyterian Rear

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2005 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The church was dissolved in 2003 due to low membership, though the building is held in trust and maintained by a board of trustees. It opens on occasion for special services such as the traditional Kirkin’ of the Tartans ceremony, or blessing of the families.

Pee Dee Presbyterian Church Info

Address: 1100 Pee Dee Church Road, Dillon, SC 29536
GPS Coordinates: 34.364679,-79.325794

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2 Comments about Pee Dee Presbyterian Church

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 20th, 2017 at 11:22 pm

Hello Karie, there is a website called Find a Grave where users can submit names of people who are buried in certain cemeteries. This one has been transcribed and those listings can be found here:

Karie WoodcockNo Gravatar says:
October 20th, 2017 at 9:32 pm

My grandmother, Sara Elizabeth McKenzie McPherson, used to take me here when I was young, I remember it very vividly. I would love to have a list or transcription of the tombstones there. I have done my family genealogy for years and am currently residing in Florida.


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