Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church traces its origin to Bishop Francis Asbury’s visit to Georgetown in February 1785. This was just two months after the famous Christmas Conference held in Baltimore during Christmas Week 1784. Bishop Asbury, accompanied by Woolman Hickson, Jesse Lee and Henry Willis, said of their arrival, “We crossed Lynches Creek, Black Mingo and the Black River and arrived in Georgetown, where we were met with a kind reception." Then when Asbury’s group headed for Charleston, Woolman Hickson was left in Georgetown with William Wayne, the first Methodist convert in Georgetown. This dates our congregation as the oldest Methodist Church in South Carolina formed by Francis Asbury.
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