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

Winfree Baptist Church

Winfree Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
1. Winfree Baptist Church Marker
The Winfree community originated in 1831 as a ranch of the early Texas settler Abraham Winfree. By 1914, the area had grown in population and the scattered rural churches were not adequate for the farming families of the area. After purchasing the deed to part of the land, community leaders established Burton Baptist Church in August 1915. It was named for Reverend F.A. Burton who was its first pastor. The church began with 23 members. Reverend Marion Stephenson served as pastor a year later. By 1920 the congregation grew to 86 members and also gained two deacons. In 1923 a larger church building was constructed nearby to replace the old one, and it was renamed Winfree Baptist Church. The community grew and by 1936 a women’s missionary society was established by the church. By 1940 a parsonage was built, then rebuilt as a modernized brick building ten years later.

By 1959, the congregation decided that a new church on new land needed to be built to accommodate the continued growth. A deed of 5.9 acres was bought by the church from Ivy Winfree Kimball. The new site, located just one mile south of the old site, was on land that Abraham

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Winfree once owned in 1831. In the following years, the church saw the construction of an educational building, which was then rebuilt after a fire in 1980. The church built a new auditorium and other facilities over the years. Since 1915, the church has had 25 pastors and 23 deacons. The congregation has exceeded 1,000 members, and has funded the foundation of other churches and missionary work beyond Orange County, as far as Mexico and Southeast Asia.

Marker is Property of the State of Texas
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18230.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1915.
Location. 30° 3.932′ N, 93° 49.257′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on State Highway 62/73 north of Bayou Pines Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19525 TX-62, Orange TX 77630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cow Bayou Swing Bridge (approx. 1˝ miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Site Of World War II P.O.W. Camp (approx. 3.4 miles away); Absalom Jett (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old First Orange Baptist Church

Winfree Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
2. Winfree Baptist Church Marker
(approx. 3.6 miles away); First National Bank of Orange (approx. 4.9 miles away); Samuel Wallace Sholars, M.D. (approx. 5.1 miles away); Alexander Gilmer (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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Dec. 9, 2023