Historic Markers Across South Carolina

The Meeting House

Marker ID: SCHM 17-1
Location: Road 56 at Bear Swamp Baptist Church
County: Dillon
Coordinates: N 34° 20.898    W 079° 8.551
  34.3483    -79.14251666
Style: Free Standing **


The Meeting House

In 1792 Major William Ford built a dam at each end of Bear Swamp, creating a millpond and building a grist On December 22, 1801, one acre on the north side of Bear Swamp was deeded for the use of the Baptist Society. Local tradition says that the meeting house that stood on this tract was built in the 1780s and was used as a camp site by travelers between Fayetteville and Georgetown. In 1831, the Baptist Society was constituted as Bear Swamp church.

Erected by Bear Swamp Baptist Church
and the Friday Afternoon Book Club of Lake View, S. C.