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Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C.

 
 
Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, August 14, 2011
1. Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. Marker
Inscription.  
Front
Francis Asbury (1745-1816), pioneer bishop of American Methodism, came to Cheraw in 1785, on his first visit to S.C. Asbury had just been ordained a general superintendent at the first General Conference in Baltimore on December 27, 1784. He was on his way to Charleston with Revs. Woolman Hickson, Jesse Lee, and Henry Willis. They crossed the Great Pee Dee River and arrived in Cheraw on February 17, 1785.

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Asbury’s party spent the night with a merchant here, a Methodist. Their host’s clerk told Rev. Jesse Lee (1758-1816) that his native New England needed circuit riders to preach the gospel there. He so impressed Lee with his earnestness that Lee later established churches from Connecticut to Maine. Asbury and his party spent “some time” in prayer here at St. David’s Episcopal Church before continuing south.
 
Erected 2010 by The First United Methodist Church of Cheraw. (Marker Number 13-11.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.

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In addition, it is included in the Francis Asbury, Traveling Methodist Preacher series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 17, 1785.
 
Location. 34° 41.753′ N, 79° 52.802′ W. Marker is in Cheraw, South Carolina, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and Front Street, on the left when traveling west on Church Street. at Old St. David's Episcopal Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cheraw SC 29520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain Mose Rogers (within shouting distance of this marker); The 71st Regiment of Foot (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. David's (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheraw Confederate Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pee Dee Union Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Coulter Memorial Academy Site (approx. half a mile away); Dizzy Gillespie Birthplace (approx. ¾ mile away); Greene's Encampment / Sherman's March (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cheraw.
 
Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. Reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, August 14, 2011
2. Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. Reverse
Overview image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody, August 14, 2011
3. Overview
Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. marker in the foreground; Old St. David's marker in the background. This view is looking east.
Overview from the west image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Anna Inbody
4. Overview from the west
Old St. David's marker is in the foreground and Francis Asbury's First Visit to S.C. is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,008 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2011, by Anna Inbody of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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