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Georgetown in Georgetown County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Elisha Screven / William Screven

 
 
Elisha Screven Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
1. Elisha Screven Side of Marker
Inscription.  Elisha Screven. Elisha Screven, founder of Georgetown, was a younger son of William, who owned and lived his final years on these Wynyah lands. To promote settlement here, Elisha planned a town, to be called Georgetown, which reserved lots for Anglican, Presbyterian, and Baptist churches, as well as for a school and other public buildings. Retained in the plan was this Screven family Cemetery. The town had been laid out by 1730.

William Screven. In this cemetery is buried William Screven, first pastor of the earliest Baptist church in the South. A native of England, he ministered to the Baptists there before migrating to Maine, establishing a Baptist church in Kettery, Maine, in 1682. By 1698, he had led his church to Charleston, S.C. He later moved to Georgetown exerting his Christian influence until his death in 1713.
 
Erected 1980 by the First Baptist Church, the City of Georgetown, the Georgetown County Council, and the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 22-28.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era
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Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1730.
 
Location. 33° 21.978′ N, 79° 16.842′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, South Carolina, in Georgetown County. Marker is on Prince Street east of Screven Street. At the Prince Street entrance to the parking lot across the street from the Courthouse, which is on Screven Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown SC 29440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Screven Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Only Colonial Banking House in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgetown County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Carolina Champion Oak (about 500 feet away); Sinking Of The USS Harvest Moon (about 600 feet away); Town Clock / Kaminski Building (about 600 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette (about 600 feet away); The Rice Museum (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
 
William Screven Side of Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
2. William Screven Side of Marker
Elisha Screven / William Screven Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
3. Elisha Screven / William Screven Marker
The walkway to the right of the marker leads to the Screven Family Cemetery, a tiny plot at the edge of the parking lot.
Screven Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, January 20, 2008
4. Screven Cemetery
Also see a separate marker page for the tablet that can be seen below the tree trunk in this picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,267 times since then and 179 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 4, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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