About Pawleys Island Chapel

Pawleys Island Chapel

Hey there! Let me tell you about Pawleys Island Chapel. This quaint chapel originally belonged to the Pentecostal Holiness Church in a nearby area. It was dismantled and transported to the island in the late 1940s, carefully rebuilt by the Georgetown Laymen’s Association in 1946, and dedicated on June 6, 1948. Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Porter donated the land on which it now stands.

The chapel is more commonly known as the Pawleys Island House of Worship and is the island's only house of worship, surviving both Hurricane Hazel and Hurricane Hugo. Each Sunday, services are held at 10 AM, and the chapel is also available for weddings from September through May, but ceremonies must be conducted by an ordained minister.

What makes this chapel so unique is its location. The small sanctuary extends into the marsh, offering visitors an unforgettable view of the tidal creek. Even though it's vulnerable to floods due to heavy rains and high tides, the chapel has so far remained unscathed by rising waters.

In late 2017, the chapel's owners obtained permits to lift it from its foundation and move it across the street for repairs. Since it serves as a place of worship, work was held off for several months until services finished for the season. On Monday, February 19, 2018, the chapel was loaded up and moved across the street to rest at its temporary home between the North and South Causeways. Construction crews will reinforce the chapel's foundation, and then it will be put back in its original location. The repairs are expected to take several months.

It's amazing how this chapel, donated to the island, has become such a beloved and integral part of the community. It's a testament to the resilience of both the structure and the people it serves.

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How to find Pawleys Island Chapel

Address: 391 Myrtle Ave, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 [ Directions ]