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

Liberty Methodist Church

Liberty Methodist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
1. Liberty Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  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

Liberty Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, April 22, 2018
2. Liberty Methodist Church
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since 1927 and supported by persons of all faiths.
Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9673.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 30° 3.643′ N, 94° 47.763′ W. Marker is in Liberty, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 539 Main Street, Liberty TX 77575, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of the Liberty County First Court House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casa Consistatorial (Courthouse Square) (about 400 feet away); Liberty County (about 600 feet away); Plaza de Carcel y Casas de Correccion (about 600 feet away); Captain William M. Logan (about 600 feet away); Plaza Constitucional (about 600 feet away); The Seven Courthouses of Liberty County (about 600 feet away); Col. Edward Bradford Pickett (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Liberty.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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