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

Wesley Brethren Church

 
 
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By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
1. Wesley Brethren Church Marker
Inscription.  

First congregation in Texas of the Czech-Moravian Brethren. Organized 1864 by Rev. Joseph Opocensky. Ministry had begun in homes, with settlers coming as far as 20 miles to worship. This first church built 1866, principally of hand-hewn logs. Necessary lumber was hauled by ox-carts from Galveston. Native rock and oak logs in foundation. Until about 1900, served also as school, usually with pastor as the teacher.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8405.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
 
Location. 30° 3.93′ N, 96° 29.906′ W. Marker is in Wesley, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Wesley Church Lane 0.4 miles south of Farm to Market Road 2502, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9453 Wesley Church Lane, Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wesley School (here, next to this marker); Site of Wesley School (approx. half
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By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
2. Wesley Brethren Church and Marker
a mile away); Bethlehem Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Greenvine Schools (approx. 4.9 miles away); Greenvine Baptist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Greenvine Gas Discovery (approx. 5 miles away); Louis Lehmann House (approx. 5.8 miles away); Industry Post Office (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wesley.
 
Also see . . .  Wesley, Texas. The Wesley Brethren Church has been restored and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Wesley also had a new church serving the Brethren congregation, the Brethren cemetery, and several residences in 1988. No commercial establishments remain there.  Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Wesley Brethren Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
3. Wesley Brethren Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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