Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Episcopal Church of the Nativity

Marker ID: SCHM 44-11
Location: 320 S. Church St., Union, SC
County: Union
Coordinates: N 34° 42.59    W 081° 37.17
  34.70983333    -81.6195
Style: Free Standing **


This parish was established in 1855 with the Rev. John DeWitt McCollough (1822-1902) as its first rector. This Gothic Revival church, consecrated in 1859 and called “probably the most exquisite gem of a Church in our whole Diocese” the next year, was designed by McCollough. He adapted a plan by architect Frank Wills, whose St. Anne´s Chapel, Fredericton, in New Brunswick, Canada, is virtually identical.

The inspiration for this church came from Mary Poulton Dawkins (1820-1906) of London, England, wife of Judge Thomas N. Dawkins, and her sister Jane Poulton McLure, wife of Maj. John W. McLure; their families founded this church. The fine marble baptismal font is by the noted American sculptor Hiram Powers (1805-1873). The Church of the Nativity was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

Erected by the Congregation, 2009