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Old St. David’s Church (Church St., Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free) is a wonderfully well-preserved example of an elegantly simple Upcountry Episcopal sanctuary. Why “Old”? There are no services held here now—the congregation worships at “New” St. David’s on Market Street, which is actually still pretty old considering it was built in 1916.
To get to the old church, go east on Market Street until it dead-ends on Front Street; then take a right and then another right onto Church Street. The church was used as a hospital by British and colonial troops during the Revolution. To tour the interior, go by the Visitors Bureau (221 Market St., 843/537-8425) and pick up the keys. Calling ahead is a good idea.
The adjacent graveyard is worth a walk in itself and contains several notable burial sites including that of Moses Rogers, captain of the SS Savannah, first steamship to cross the Atlantic. Also nearby is the Confederate Monument, which is distinguished from countless others like it in small towns throughout the South by the fact that is was the very first in existence (so early, in fact, that the original inscription made no mention of Confederate forces so as not to offend the Union troops still occupying Cheraw).
East of the church is the little Riverside Park (843/537-8425, dawn–dusk, free), where a viewing platform and a short nature trail give you nice views of the peaceful, dark Pee Dee River. This, the first navigable point on the waterway, was once the site of the old Kershaw Ferry and steamboat landing.
© Jim Morekis from Moon South Carolina, 4th Edition