400 Lexington Avenue
City Directories and History: The ca. 1936 Chapin Methodist Church was reported to have been a congregational and W.P.A. project. Originally organized in 1889.
The town of Chapin was named after Martin Chapin, who was born June 5, 1821, at Chapin, New York. He took tuberculosis and his doctor suggested he go South “and work among the pines, because the fumes would be good for him,” a writer related at the time. Martin Chapin came to the vast “pineywoods” country about 1850 and established a far-flung sawmill business. The railroad was completed through there in 1890. Mr. Chapin gave the land for streets and the little town of Chapin was laid out, with the first train coming through July 18, 1890. Mr. Chapin and his family were all buried at Latticoo, about three miles north of Chapin on Highway 176, east of Pomaria. He died Aug. 21,1894.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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