Van Alstyne in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First United Methodist Church of Van Alstyne
Outgrowth of Liberty Class, formed 1847 for Bible study and worship, in log cabin of Jim Creager (1.25 mi. S) by the Rev. Joab Biggs, of the Dallas Methodist Circuit, and M. F. Cole. In 1855, after a rainstorm that detained quarterly conference delegates to listen to an all-night sermon, the Rev. Y. S. McKinney preached for three weeks and had 60 conversions. The enlarged class moved to Mantua, where it built a frame chapel on the town square and was renamed Mt. Zion Methodist Church. At founding of Van Alstyne on Houston & Texas Central Railroad in 1873, Mt. Zion moved its building into town, to a site now in Van Alstyne Cemetery. By 1890 membership exceeded 400. The congregation in 1893 moved again, erecting a larger building at Waco and Jefferson Streets, and changing name to First Methodist Church. In this sanctuary in 1894 there was organized the First District Epworth League of the Southern Methodist Church. Here in 1912 ex-president Theodore Roosevelt gave an address, and in 1917 one of Texas' earliest Boy Scout troops was formed.
Present sanctuary was completed and dedicated in 1917, with dedicatory sermon given by
Incise on back: This historical marker given to the glory of God by Mr. and Mrs. Rea A. Nunnallee.
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee and Mr. and Mrs. Rea A. Nunnallee. (Marker Number 7368.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1847.
Location. 33° 25.212′ N, 96° 34.52′ W. Marker is in Van Alstyne, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is at the intersection of Preston Street and Fulton Street, on the left when traveling south on Preston Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 South Preston Street, Van Alstyne TX 75495, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church of Van Alstyne (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Van Alstyne (about 800 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mantua (approx. 2.3 miles away); Coffman Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Elm Grove Cemetery (approx. 6.3 miles away); St. Paul Baptist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away); Stiff Chapel Cemetery (approx. 11˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Alstyne.
Also see . . . First United Methodist Church, Van Alstyne TX. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.