May United Methodist Church

May United Methodist Church (HM1LZ4)

Location: May, TX 76857 Brown County
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N 31° 57.829', W 98° 55.248'

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Methodists in this area were initially served by circuit-riding preachers. First to come to the region in the 1860s was the Rev. Hugh M. Childress, and worship services were held in private homes. In 1882, the Rev. Peter Gravis organized Mt. Zion Methodist Church, which later merged with the congregation at Byrds. Both of these communities, along with Bethel, Brooks, Clio, Gap Creek, Green's Chapel, Holder, Pleasant Valley, Rocky, Shrum, Verbena, Williams, Windham and Wolf Valley became part of the May charge. Brush Arbor revivals were held each summer.
     The May Methodist Church was formally organized in 1886. Members gathered for services in nearby Verbena until 1890, when they began meeting n the newly constructed May schoolhouse. Four years later, members built their own one-room church, which served until they constructed a new brick building with memorial stained glass windows in 1929-30. After 70 years of service, the church building was destroyed by fire in January 2000.
     Throughout its history, the May United Methodist Church has upheld the ideals and traditions of its pioneer founders. Despite the Depression, droughts, floods, wars and fire, the church has served its members and the May community for more than 100 years.
HM NumberHM1LZ4
Marker Number12532
Year Placed2001
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 19th, 2015 at 2:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 507483 N 3536427
Decimal Degrees31.96381667, -98.92080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 57.829', W 98° 55.248'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 57' 49.74" N, 98° 55' 14.88" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18001 US-183, May TX 76857, US
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