San Felipe United Methodist Church

San Felipe United Methodist Church (HM27A1)

Location: Sealy, TX 77474 Austin County
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N 29° 48.256', W 96° 5.877'

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In 1837, the town of San Felipe de Austin was incorporated and the town council built a multi-purpose building to be used as a town hall, school, and church on land known as "Constitution Square." The one-story building was constructed out of Cypress, an extremely long-lasting and rot-resistant wood that allowed the structure to exist today, over 175 years later.

The Methodist group in San Felipe de Austin used this building for evening worship though the building was secularly owned by the town. By 1847, a new town hall was constructed, leaving this building to serve as a church and school only. In this same year, the town also added the second floor to the building.

A new masonic lodge formed in San Felipe in 1859 and met on the newly built second floor. Today the ceiling still exhibits a painting of a blue sky with five-pointed stars and on the eastern wall an 'eye of god' painting. In 1880, a new school building was constructed for the town, allowing the first floor of this building to be used solely as a church.

In 1883, a steeple was added and a bell was donated to the church. This building became the Methodists' official church and the congregation still meets here today. Up until the 1940s, when the building got electricity, the church used oil lamps hung on the walls of the sanctuary

for indoor worship. These lamps are still hanging today and are lit every Christmas Eve in remembrance of the church's history.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962
HM NumberHM27A1
Year Placed1962
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 780504 N 3300629
Decimal Degrees29.80426667, -96.09795000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 48.256', W 96° 5.877'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 48' 15.36" N, 96° 5' 52.62" W
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Area Code(s)979, 713
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Vicaro Guerero, Sealy TX 77474, US
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