Baytown in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church
This congregation was organized in 1844 at the home of early settler Hance Baker, under the direction of the Rev. Robert Alexander, a noted Methodist missionary during Texas' frontier period. with twenty-seven members by its second meeting, the church held worship services in Baker's home until a log sanctuary was built near this site sometime after 1847.
The Rev. L.S. Friend served as first pastor of the church, which originally was called Alexander Chapel for its founder. The church building became a gathering place for the small Cedar Bayou community, and camp meetings were held on the grounds each summer.
In 1853, the only Sunday School in the district was held here, and the congregation's emphasis on Christian education has continued over the years. By the early 1900s the church had begun providing neighboring communities with Sunday School teachers and literature.
Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church continues to reflect the ideals and traditions of its founders. With historic ties to Texas' years an an independent republic and to the beginning of Methodism in the state, it remains a significant
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10628.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 29° 45.233′ N, 94° 55.667′ W. Marker is in Baytown, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Ferry Road. The marker is between the parking lot and the front of the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2714 Ferry Road, Baytown TX 77520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hall of Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge (about 400 feet away); K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue (approx. 2.8 miles away); Baytown Post Office (approx. 2.9 miles away); Dr. Ashbel Smith (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wooster School (approx. 3 miles away); Near Home Site of John Peter Sjolander (approx. 3.3 miles away); Goose Creek Stream (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baytown.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 30, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 38 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 30, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.