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All Saints History

     All Saints Parish,  Waccamaw was established by the Colonial Assembly of South Carolina in 1767. George Pawley and William Poole purchased 50 acres of land from Percival Pawley in 1745 to be used for the building of a Parish of the Church of England. The name Waccamaw comes from a local tribe of Indians who inhabitated the area prior to 1730; their arrowheads and jewelry were found along the Waccamaw River and are on display in local museums.
    The first wooden chapel was built in 1736 and sevices were conducted until 1798, when fire destroyed the first chapel and a new one was built. During the mid-nineteenth century, members of the Parish were very active in governing the State of South Carolina. Leading  families such as Pawley, LaBruce, Alston, McDowell, Rosa, Magill, Middleton, Ward, Fraser, Hasell, Heriot, Glennie, and Flagg were very active in politics and the economy of S. Carolina.  Their graves can be found in the Parish Cemetery on Kings River Road in Pawleys Island.
 
     The Parish buildings have suffered through numerous hurricanes and fires over the past 200 years. Following the 1893 hurricane, the communion silver was lost, but later found in 1968 in the attic of Waverly Plantation, now the home of Parish member Alberta Quattlebaum. The third Parish building was consrtucted of brick and stucco in 1913 and it burned down in 1915. The fourth Parish structure duplicated the third but without the slave gallery and boxed pews that were common in the 1800's. This structure was consecrated by the S. Carolina Bishop in 1917 and still stands in the Cemetery.
 
     All Saints Parish is an Episcopal Church of the Diocese of South Carolina and is a part of the Anglican Communion with over 70 million members wordwide.
 
     As it has for over 250 years, All Saints  Parish, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church continues to serve the Pawleys Island community, respectful of its long history in South Carolina, and with Christ at the center of Parish life. 








All Saints Parish, Waccamaw