St. David's Episcopal Church and Cemetery

Church St., Cheraw, South Carolina


Saint David's Episcopal Church and Cemetery, Right Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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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. Listed in the National Register on September 22, 1971. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1971
Reference number
Areas of significance
Military; Architecture; Religion; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; Cemetery
Current function
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1770; 1773; 1859
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 8, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • August 8, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller