Historic Markers Across South Carolina

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Marker ID: SCHM 43-6
Location: about three mi. W of Pinewood, just off SC 261
County: Sumter
Coordinates: N 33° 44.844    W 080° 30.721
  33.7474    -80.51201666
Style: Free Standing **


By Act of Assembly St. Mark´s Parish was established in 1757. The first church stood at Halfway Swamp. Others were built near Williamsburg - Sumter line, near Rimini, and near this site. These four churches were abandoned or burned. Soldiers and Patriots of the Revolution were members of St. Mark´s Parish.

The present church, designed by Edward C. Jones and Francis D. Lee, of Charleston, was built of brick made of local clay, on land given by R. C. Richardson and R. I. Manning. The cornerstone was laid by Bishop Thos. F. Davis, Feb. 1854, and the church consecrated March, 1855. Six governors and many noted citizens worshipped here.

Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission - 1952