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Hempstead in Waller County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First United Methodist Church of Hempstead

 
 
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By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
1. First United Methodist Church of Hempstead Marker
Inscription.  

Methodism in Hempstead began circa 1857, shortly after the Hempstead town company was founded in December of 1856 to sell lots in the new town. Church histories indicate that an 1859 revival added members to the existing Methodist congregation, and that the congregation had purchased a large building to be adapted for church usage. This building was placed at the corner of 10th and Austin streets. This property was officially conveyed to the Methodist Episcopal Church South on September 17, 1883.

The Methodist Church, along with other early community churches, influenced the rapid growth of Hempstead serving as the primary social institutions and gathering places for both townspeople as well as rural community members.

The church erected several buildings throughout the years, including new sanctuaries in 1860, 1907, a relocation of the 1907 structure to the northeast corner of Ninth and Washington Streets in 1930, and the construction of the current structure, completed in 1957.

The church was originally known as the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and was later called the First Methodist Church. In 1968,
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By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
2. First United Methodist Church of Hempstead Marker
the Methodist Church merged with Evangelical United Brethren Church to become the United Methodist Church, and the congregation in Hempstead took the name of First United Methodist Church of Hempstead. Since the Church's founding, members have been involved in missionary work and community outreach, including formation of the United Methodist Women in 1900 as the Ladies Aid, and the creation of the United Methodist Men in 1953.

Marker is Property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2008 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 14418.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 30° 5.711′ N, 96° 4.492′ W. Marker is in Hempstead, Texas, in Waller County. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling south on 7th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1010 7th Street, Hempstead TX 77445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Waller County (approx. ¼ mile away); The Old Courthouse Clock and Bell (approx. ¼ mile away); Hempstead, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Former Waller County Post Offices (approx. ¼ mile away); Ahrenbeck-Urban Home (approx. half a mile away); Hempstead High School
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By James Hulse, October 24, 2020
3. First United Methodist Church of Hempstead
(approx. half a mile away); Captain Alfred H. Wyly (approx. 0.9 miles away); Plantation Home of Edwin Waller (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hempstead.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hempstead, Texas at TexasEscapes.com. (Submitted on November 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Methodist Church. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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