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    Dr. Porcher gave two acres of land at the head of his avenue on the Georgetown-Cheraw Road. Mr. Collier suggested that Adam Bede of the neighborhood, so honest and upstanding, be employed as carpenter. At that time there was neither architect nor contractor in the Pee Dee Section. The lumber used was of heart pine and cypress hewn and dressed by the slaves on the nearby plantations and contributed by their owners. Except for Mr. Collier's services, I feel sure that there was very little actual outlay of money in the building of the Church. The building is the shape of a cross originally painted white. The outside walls are boarded and battened; in this case the boards are about ten inches wide running up and down, every seam covered with a beveled board about four inches wide and two inches in the center. Inside walls are hard-finished plaster; the woodwork of all sorts is pine and the pews heavy heart pine. A door of Gothic design opens into each transept and the rear of the nave. Many beautiful Gothic windows, originally glazed in ground glass but replaced with clear glass, give ample light. The Vestry is placed separately at the back. The furniture is handmade, I think, of walnut except the font, which is particularly beautiful of white marble. Instead of an altar there is the Communion Table. The first instrument was a melodeon placed midway the nave; the white congregation sitting above it and the Negroes behind it.
    The building was ready for use in 1859. For several years Mr. Robert Napier, pastor of Mizpah Baptist Church across the road, loaned his church and our services were held there until our own was ready. Mr. Napier's daughter told me that she has heard her father say, when the cornerstone was laid at Christ Church, the preliminary service was held at Mizpah, and he then went over with Mr. Moore and witnessed the laying of the stone. Julia Porcher, eldest child of Dr. Porcher, was selected to place the papers, etc. in the corner.
    My Grand mother used to tell me that, for several reasons, one of them being that the Pee Dee country at that time was so densely wooded the winters in that area in the 1840's and 50's were not so severe as in later years. It must have been so; for Christ Church at first had no heat whatever.


Each family provided themselves with hot soapstones in little flannel jackets and the rugs from the carriages, some of them fur, were brought in to insure comfortable feet during the services. Sometime in the 80's a wood-burning heater was installed midway the Church. In the fall of 1932, through Mr. Poyner and Dr. Matthews, we inherited from the St. John's Vestry a coal-burning heater, and Mr. J. D. Dunnaway, a member of our Bible Class, built a fine flue; this made us much more comfortable.
    According to the deed for the land made 1859, Mr. Robert Rogers was named as Warden; Messrs. John A. Rogers, M. S. McCall, Peter S. Bacot, Thomas E.Gregg, F. M. Rogers, and W. W. Harllee, Vestrymen.
    Mrs. Mandeville Rogers was our first organist. As a child I asked one of the John Rogers servants if Mrs. Rogers was a fine musician? "Yes, ma'am," she answered, "she could sho go down on 'Rock of Ages'." Following Mrs. Rogers, John Parker Gregg became our organist and continued faithfully and untiringly until the Church was closed for a time between the ministries of Mr. Thomas and Mr. Poynor. Although rehearsals were irregular, we had a fine choir at that time: Sallie Gregg, afterwards Mrs.Wallace, Annie Gregg, afterwards Mrs. Sutton, Mary Scott, and Mrs. W. R. Barringer, Mr. J. Boyd Brunson, and J. Boyd Brunson, Jr. who had a beautiful tenor.
    The Church was consecrated by Bishop Thomas F. Davis on the morning of June 5, 1859. In a letter written the following week by Belle Porcher to her cousin, Edward Harllee, she gave a very enthusiastic account of the service, saying that Mr. Alexander Gregg had preached a "grand sermon".
    During "The War Between The States", Christ Church congregation was greatly augmented by refugees from Charleston and other places. Among these were the Fords, Lucases, Shackelfords, and Goodwins, to which family Henry Timrod, our poet, belonged and Mr. Howe, who was afterwards our bishop. He lived at the Robert Rogers', had a private school, and helped Mr. Moore during... continued next page.


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