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Beeville in Bee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Methodist Church of Beeville

 
 
First Methodist Church of Beeville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 29, 2021
1. First Methodist Church of Beeville Marker
Inscription.  In 1861, three years after Bee County was organized, the Rev. Berry Merchant of Corpus Christi assisted Beeville Methodists in establishing the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Between 1862 and 1870, circuit riding preachers ministered to the congregation, and worship services were often held in Bee County's original courthouse, a small wood-frame structure.

The congregation erected its first sanctuary, a wood-frame building, in the early 1870s at the corner of Bowie and Monroe Streets. In 1904, the congregation relocated to this site and built a Gothic structure with stained glass windows. It was replaced with a newer and larger worship facility in 1955.

The congregation was part of the Corpus Christi Methodist District almost continually until 1891. When Beeville itself became a district headquarters. A district parsonage was maintained until 1927, when the city again was absorbed into the Corpus Christi District.

Denominational mergers caused the congregation to change its name to the First Methodist Church in 1939 and to the First United Methodist Church in 1968. It continues to play an active role
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in the religious life of this community.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1747.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
 
Location. 28° 24.302′ N, 97° 44.96′ W. Marker is in Beeville, Texas, in Bee County. Marker is at the intersection of East Cleveland Street and North Saint Mary's Street, on the right when traveling east on East Cleveland Street. The marker is located on the west section of the church grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 106 East Cleveland Street, Beeville TX 78102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Lincoln de la Mothe Borglum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Beeville (about 800 feet away); Beeville Post Office (approx. 0.2 miles away); William E. Madderra Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beeville Bee-Picayune (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Railroad in Bee County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Praeger Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Brick Building on Square (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beeville.
 
First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 29, 2021
2. First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker
First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker with statue image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 29, 2021
3. First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker with statue
The view of the First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker from the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 29, 2021
4. The view of the First Methodist Church of Beeville and Marker from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 3, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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