Liberty Methodist Church

Liberty Methodist Church (HM277N)

Location: Liberty, TX 77575 Liberty County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 3.643', W 94° 47.763'

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Late in 1840, the Rev. Hugh Fields, migrating to Texas from Mississippi, preached the first Methodist sermon in Liberty in the log courthouse. Liberty was one of 17 communities in the Republic of Texas to receive a ministerial appointment from the newly organized Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church meeting in Dec. 1840. The Rev. John C. Woolam was named in the spring of 1841 to serve this congregation, the oldest church organization in Liberty County.

Members worshiped at the Courthouse, in home or brush arbors until 1846, when they built a log church. After it was destroyed by a storm, the congregation moved to its present location and built a one-room frame structure in 1854. The church acquired a bell in 1873 from the steamboat "Black Cloud", which sank in the Trinity River. This bell is still in use. In 1904 a new two-room frame edifice was constructed. It was replaced in 1930 by a two-story brick structure, which became an education building after a new sanctuary was erected in 1953.

This congregation participates in many community events, including the "Brotherhood Banquet", sponsored by the men's Bible class since 1927 and supported by persons of all faiths.
HM NumberHM277N
Year Placed1977
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at 10:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 326866 N 3326872
Decimal Degrees30.06071667, -94.79605000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 3.643', W 94° 47.763'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 3' 38.58" N, 94° 47' 45.78" W
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Area Code(s)936, 713, 409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 539 Main St, Liberty TX 77575, US
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