First Methodist Church

First Methodist Church (HM26S7)

Location: Orange, TX 77630 Orange County
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N 30° 5.659', W 93° 44.124'

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The first recorded Methodist activity in Orange was in 1859, when the Rev. Valerious C. Canon was sent here from the Woodville District. By 1871, Orange was on a circuit which included Hardin, Jefferson and Orange Counties. According to legend, one of the first circuit riders, the Rev. Daniel Morse, supplemented his preaching income by hunting alligators in nearby swamps and marshes and selling the hides. For that reason, this became known as the "Alligator Circuit".The First Methodist Church was organized in 1873 with 44 Charter Members. The congregation erected a small frame church on College Street and shared their building with other denominations. A Sunday school was established in 1879. Initially classified as a mission, this fellowship became self-supporting in 1884. The Rev. W. H. Crawford served as the first full-time pastor. Fire destroyed the original church building in 1886. The ladies and society helped raise funds for a new frame church situated at the corner of Border and Henderson Streets. Completed in 1892, it was moved to this location in 1912 and replaced by the present sanctuary in 1921. By 1978 this congregation had grown to over 1500 members. (1978)
HM NumberHM26S7
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 429138 N 3329464
Decimal Degrees30.09431667, -93.73540000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 5.659', W 93° 44.124'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 5' 39.54" N, 93° 44' 7.4400000000001" W
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Area Code(s)409
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-502 6th St, Orange TX 77630, US
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