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Dayton in Liberty County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Methodist Church of Dayton

 
 
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Photographed By Brian Anderson, January 6, 2019
1. First Methodist Church of Dayton Marker
Inscription.  Methodist worship services were conducted in West Liberty, later known as Dayton, as early as 1855. By 1900 the First Methodist Church had a full-time pastor, the Rev. G. T. Newberry, who conducted services in the Dayton schoolhouse on North Main Street.

In 1906 the congregation built its first sanctuary. A one-story wooden structure with a bell tower, which continued to serve the members until 1928. A church school also was organized in 1906, and Charles Wilson was elected to serve as the first superintendent.

A series of worship and education facilities were constructed to accommodate the growing congregation through the years, including a large two-story brick building with a basement on the northwest corner of Houston Avenue and Cleveland Street in 1928. Due to continued growth, the 1928 structure was razed in 1980, and the congregation built a new sanctuary in 1981.

After a denominational merger in 1968, the church's name was changed to First United Methodist Church. Throughout the years the congregation has served the community with a variety of worship, educational, social, and missionary programs.
 
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1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9652.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 30° 2.585′ N, 94° 53.375′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Texas, in Liberty County. Marker is at the intersection of South Cleveland Street and West Houston Street, on the right when traveling south on South Cleveland Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 South Cleveland Street, Dayton TX 77535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dayton's Old School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Dayton (approx. ¼ mile away); Dayton World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Dayton Egg Circle (approx. ¼ mile away); Dayton's Namesake (approx. ¼ mile away); Dayton's Early History (approx. ¼ mile away); 1937 Dayton City Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); The Murder of Louis "Frenchy" Cashat (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
 
First Methodist Church of Dayton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, January 12, 2019
2. First Methodist Church of Dayton
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 7, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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