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San Felipe in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Felipe United Methodist Church

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, April 28, 2018
1. San Felipe United Methodist Church Marker
Inscription.  In 1837, the town of San Felipe de Austin was incorporated and the town council built a multi-purpose building to be used as a town hall, school, and church on land known as “Constitution Square.” The one-story building was constructed out of Cypress, an extremely long-lasting and rot-resistant wood that allowed the structure to exist today, over 175 years later.

The Methodist group in San Felipe de Austin used this building for evening worship though the building was secularly owned by the town. By 1847, a new town hall was constructed, leaving this building to serve as a church and school only. In this same year, the town also added the second floor to the building.

A new masonic lodge formed in San Felipe in 1859 and met on the newly built second floor. Today the ceiling still exhibits a painting of a blue sky with five-pointed stars and on the eastern wall an ‘eye of god’ painting. In 1880, a new school building was constructed for the town, allowing the first floor of this building to be used solely as a church.

In 1883, a steeple was added and a bell was donated to the church. This building became
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By Brian Anderson, April 28, 2018
2. San Felipe United Methodist Church
the Methodists’ official church and the congregation still meets here today. Up until the 1940s, when the building got electricity, the church used oil lamps hung on the walls of the sanctuary for indoor worship. These lamps are still hanging today and are lit every Christmas Eve in remembrance of the church’s history.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962
 
Erected 1962 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11706.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 29° 48.256′ N, 96° 5.877′ W. Marker is in San Felipe, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Vicaro Guerrero south of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Vicaro Guerrero, San Felipe TX 77473, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J.J. Josey General Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Early Roads To San Felipe (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen Fuller Austin (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Bricker (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen F. Austin's Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Felipe de Austin Cemetery
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(approx. 0.4 miles away); San Felipe de Austin (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Felipe.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 30, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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