Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Christ Episcopal Church

Marker ID: SCHM 21-10
Location: At the church, S.C. Hwy. 327, 2.5 mi. S of l-95
County: Florence
Coordinates: N 34° 14.554    W 079° 41.530
  34.242567    -79.692167
Style: Free Standing **


First organized as a chapel in 1843 by the Rev. N.P. Tillinghast of Trinity Church, Society Hill, this church was formally established as Christ Church, Mars Bluff, in 1856. The Rev. Augustus Moore, who took over the chapel in 1854, became the first rector of Christ Church and served until 1876. This sanctuary, on land donated by Dr. Edward Porcher, was consecrated in 1859.

By the I 890s Christ Church became a mission church rather than a parish church, but continued monthly services until they were suspended in 1918. The church began an annual homecoming service in 1927 and held special services such as baptisms and weddings during the 1930s and 1940s; it was officially reorganized as a mission church in 1950.

Erected by the Pee Dee Committee, National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina-1997