“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Marvin Methodist Church

Marvin Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 6, 2015
1. Marvin Methodist Church Marker
Inscription. First church in Smith County. Organized 1848 by the Revs. Sam Box and Alexander Douglas. Had all-faiths services at first in log cabin on Courthouse Square, later in Adams blacksmith shop, south of Square. In 1852 built across street from this site, a 2-story church and lodge hall in cooperation with Masons.

Present church, erected 1890 (now Tyler's oldest church), was named in 1891 to honor Bishop Enoch Mather Marvin (1823-1877), C.S.A. Chaplain, famed in Missouri and Texas for powerful sermons.

Building was expanded 1923, 1942, 1952. Church has had 45 pastors.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1968

Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7741.)
Location. 32° 21.034′ N, 95° 18.175′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is at the intersection of South Bois d'Arc Avenue and West Erwin Street, on the right when traveling south on South Bois d'Arc Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 W Erwin St, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Tyler Commercial College
Marvin Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 6, 2015
2. Marvin Methodist Church
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tyler Carnegie Library (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church of Tyler (about 500 feet away); City of Tyler (about 500 feet away); The First County Agricultural Extension Agent (about 600 feet away); Smith County C.S.A. / Tyler-Smith County C.S.A. Men and Units (about 700 feet away); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
Also see . . .  Marvin United Methodist Church. (Submitted on December 7, 2015.)
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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