Bear Swamp Baptist Church

Historic Property
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Street Address:
541 North Bear Swamp Road;(Dillon County)

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Date Surveyed:
April 15 2008
Construction Date:
1780 – 1810
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Exterior Walls Materials:
Synthetic Siding
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Roof Shape:
cross gable
Roof Materials:
composite shingle
Porch Width:
entrance bay only
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National Register Determination:
not eligible
Signficant Architectural Features:
broken pediment w/pilasters on door surround, paneled double doors, centered gable, steeple w/round doom on top, double-hung windows, side entry
new siding & window, new addition to side elevation, connects to parish house (recently built) with covered walkway
Historical Information:
1)Organized in 1785 by Jesse Ford, who was probably the first pastor, Solomon Page, Seabrook Watson & others. Page & Lydia Thompson donated the land for a building, which burned in 1825. The church was rebuilt & reorganized in 1831 with 102 members. During 1868, another fire destroyed the church building, which was rebuilt. It is still in use, though considerable renovations have been made to the structure from time to time. 2)1785, Congregation was founded. One acre on the north side of Bear Swamp deeded for use of Baptist Society, meeting house which stood on this tract was built in the 1780s & was used as a campsite by travelers between Fayetteville & Georgetown. 1831 the Baptist Society constituted as a Church.
Source of Historical Information:
1)Stokes- The History of Dillon County, South Carolina 2) Landmark sign
Quadrangle Name:
Lake View

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Dillon County