Friendswood in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
This community was founded in 1895 by a group of Friends (Quakers) led by F. J. Brown and T. H. Lewis. They acquired the land from J. C. League and named the settlement Friendswood.
From the very beginning, church and school were central to the life of this community. In 1900 an academy building was built on this site, with lumber from huge pine trees felled by the 1900 hurricane. The Friends Church, which until 1958 was the only church in the community, used the academy building for both worship and education. In the early years it provided the only secondary educational facilities for the surrounding area. The last school term was held in 1938, but the building continued to be used for worship until 1949 when it was replaced by a more modern structure.
The heritage of this community, received from its founders, is based on Christ's words,
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever
I command you." John 15:14
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7455.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these Churches & Religion • Education • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 29° 31.658′ N, 95° 11.944′ W. Marker is in Friendswood, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on South Friendswood Drive (State Highway FM 518) south of Sunnyview Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 502 S Friendswood Dr, Friendswood TX 77546, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Friends Church Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quaker Academy (about 500 feet away); Friendswood Postal Service (about 600 feet away); Oldest Structure Remaining (about 600 feet away); First Business (about 800 feet away); Cecil and Frances Brown House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fig Preserving Plant (approx. ¼ mile away); First Home and First Family (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Friendswood.
Also see . . .
1. Friendswood in Wikipedia. (Submitted on December 6, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Friendswood in the Handbook of Texas . (Submitted on December 6, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Friendswood Friends Church. (Submitted on March 2, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 521 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 4, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. 2. submitted on March 2, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.