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Pawleys Island Chapel — Pawleys Island, South Carolina

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Originally home to the Pentecostal Holiness Church in nearby Georgetown, this quaint chapel did not arrive on Pawleys Island until the late 1940s, when it was dismantled and transported to the island. The chapel was carefully rebuilt by the Georgetown Laymen’s Association in 1946 and dedicated on June 6, 1948. It rests on land donated by Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Porter.

Pawleys Island Chapel

Matt Trudeau of Murrells Inlet © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The formal name of the church is the Pawleys Island House of Worship, though it is more commonly known simply as the Chapel. The small church managed to survive both Hurricane Hazel and Hurricane Hugo, and it continues to serve as the island’s only house of worship. Services are held each Sunday at 10 AM.

Pawleys Island Chapel SC

Treva Thomas Hamlin of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The small sanctuary extends into the marsh, affording visitors a singular view of the tidal creek. Though vulnerable to floods due to heavy rains and high tides, the chapel has so far remained unscathed by rising waters. The Pawleys Island Chapel is available for weddings from September through May, and ceremonies must be conducted by an ordained minister. See contact information below.

Pawleys Island Chapel

Steven Faucette of Williamston, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pawleys Island Chapel Gets Repaired

In late 2017, the owners of the chapel, The Pawleys Island House of Worship, obtained permits for the chapel to be lifted from its foundations and moved across the street so repairs could be made.

Pawleys Island Chapel Moving

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Because the chapel serves as a place of worship, work was held off for several months until services finished for the season. The chapel was also booked for several weddings throughout December.

Pawleys Island Chapel Moving

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 put the chapel back. Work is expected to take several months.

Pawleys Island Chapel Moving

Jackie Thompson of Irmo, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Pawleys Island Chapel

Contributor Treva Thomas Hamlin shares her experience capturing the middle photo above: “The Pawleys Island Chapel has captured my eye for many summers. I love its simple elegance on the creek water’s edge as it beckons beach-loving parishioners on a summer morning.”

Pawleys Chapel

Treva Thomas Hamlin of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Hamlin, a regular visitor to the island, goes on to tell us this about the above photo: “Sunrise on Pawleys Island is magnificent to behold, and the chapel over the creek is one of my favorite spots on the island.”

The Chapel on Pawleys Island

Angie Pack of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Photographer Angie Pack of Greenville says of her photo: “The sun was setting and the clouds looked beautiful across the marsh behind the chapel. The sun coming through the windows made it look as if the lights were on in the chapel.”

Add your own reflections here.

Pawleys Island Chapel Info

Address: 391 Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
GPS Coordinates: 33.427757,-79.123282

Pawleys Island Chapel Map

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11 Comments about Pawleys Island Chapel

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
June 24th, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Do you know which of these photos you are interested in? We would be able to reach out to the photographer for you or if you’re interested in one of Treva’s for example, click her name and her website will direct you on how to contact her directly if you’d like. Thanks for the interest and congratulations to your son!

Delores WoodNo Gravatar says:
June 24th, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Where can I purchase framed photos of the church? My son and his fiancé will be married there on March 30, 2018.

DawnNo Gravatar says:
June 23rd, 2018 at 6:51 pm

This is a beautiful little church and the home of my wedding ceremony. I highly recommend this place.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 13th, 2017 at 8:09 am

The chapel is still standing! Take the North causeway and then the right fork and it is down just a little on the right. For more specifics, use the map and coordinates on this page to find it and call Pawleys Island Realty for rental information (the website listed on this page above the map).

Lacey RayNo Gravatar says:
March 12th, 2017 at 11:44 am

Hi, we can’t find the chapel. Was it destroyed by Hurricane Matthew? We want to book a May 13th, 2017 wedding.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 24th, 2016 at 8:32 am

Hi, Bonnie. What a generous offer! Please contact someone from the following website about what you can do to help: Thank you!

Bonnie OverstreetNo Gravatar says:
October 23rd, 2016 at 4:58 pm

We heard there was damage inside due to hurricane Matthew. We would love to donate, free of charge, a piano since yours was destroyed. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can help you. Many thanks, Bonnie Overstreet

Bill SegarsNo Gravatar says:
January 28th, 2015 at 11:06 am

Wonderful, thoughtfully framed photographs by all 3 photographers. Well done.

Gwen Mills says:
December 28th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

One of my favorites in Pawleys Island, SC

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 14th, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Arlene! The chapel is managed by Pawleys Island Realty. Please see the link below for information on reserving a date:

Hope you enjoy your trip!

Arlene DurrettNo Gravatar says:
March 13th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

My family is traveling from all over the US (KY, MD, RI, and MA) to visit Pawleys Island this July. My mother passed away last summer and we would LOVE to have a mass/service in her honor at this chapel or on the beach. Any information would be appreciated. Our family has approximately 25-30 people. Thank you, Arlene Durrett


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