First Baptist Church of Whitehouse

First Baptist Church of Whitehouse (HM1QDE)

Location: Whitehouse, TX 75791 Smith County
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N 32° 13.616', W 95° 12.827'

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Anglo settlement of this area began in the 1840s. The community of Whitehouse, which grew up around a white painted schoolhouse, began in the early 1850s.

A church congregation, called New Hope Church of Christ, Baptist, was organized in September 1869 by Elders J. A. Kindle and W. G. Caperton and about twenty-five charter members. Early worship services were held once a month.

In 1887 a plot of land was purchased by New Hope Baptist Church and a one-room sanctuary, nestled in a pine grove, was built by the congregation.

After the railroad came through Whitehouse in the 1870s and a central business district began to grow, the church was relocated to the new townsite. A white frame building was erected in 1901, and the name was changed to Whitehouse Baptist Church.

In 1923 the church was relocated once again, to a site on East Main Street. At that time it was also renamed First Baptist Church. A new church facility was erected in 1959, and continued growth led to the construction of the present sanctuary in 1980. A part of Smith County history for more than a century, the First Baptist Church continues to serve its members and the community.
Marker Number7725
Year Placed1989
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 291390 N 3567739
Decimal Degrees32.22693333, -95.21378333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 13.616', W 95° 12.827'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 13' 36.96" N, 95° 12' 49.62" W
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Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 811-875 FM 346, Whitehouse TX 75791, US
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