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New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Germany Community, Crockett, Texas Forest Trail Region

If you read my last blog entry, you will have found me driving around in the Davy Crockett National Forest in search of cemeteries, historical markers, and massacre sites.  That is what brings me to write and share this post.

While on the 1655 headed toward disappointment I found this quaint little treasure, New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, tucked away in a clearing.  I stopped on the road, looked at my watch and wondered where everyone was since it was church time.  I sat in my car, studied the map, made some adjustments to my camera and shot this picture of New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.  I waited around a bit in hopes that church would begin if it hadn’t already and I could attend worship services and meet church members and gather some valuable information to share with you here.  I didn’t see a soul.

Once home I googled the name of this church and found very little information about it. But I did find this:  Texas Forest Trail.  If “Germany, TX” is searched then more information on the church can be found.  How I’d love to interview anyone associated with that community.  If you have any additional information, please send it to me via Email

The historical marker reads as follows:

Settled by families of former slaves following the Civil War, this community received its name, according to local tradition, in reference to the homeland of the German immigrant family that had settled in the area in the 1830s. Several freedmen, including George Smith, John Burt, Lewis Hall, and Van Benton and their families, obtained pre-emption land grants in the area in the 1870s and 1880s, and soon a close-knit community was formed. Although the Germany community did not have its own post office and never was incorporated formally, its citizens organized the New Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a public school. The church still serves a loyal congregation. The school held classes in a building shared with the church. It was expanded, possibly with Julius Rosenwald Fund assistance, and continued in operation until 1949. Still a rural community, Germany is home to a few resident families and serves as a gathering place for former residents. Many former citizens are returned here for burial in the community cemetery, which dates to the 1880s. Maintained by citizens and volunteers, the cemetery contains marked and unmarked graves of pioneer settlers and their descendants. (1997)

 

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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Churches, Texas

 

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Walnut Street Church of Christ, Sherman TX.

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The historic Church of Christ building is located on East Cherry and South Walnut in Sherman, Texas and is owned by the Sherman Museum.  According to a staff person at the Sherman Museum, located next door, much of their 20,000 plus collection is stored here.  What drew me to take a closer look were the stained glass windows, all 48 of them (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth256954).

Never had I paid much attention to the property although we have driven up and down Walnut innumerable times.  It was not until our tour of the museum (the Carnegie Building) during their Dino Days exhibit did I have any interest in seeing what was at the church building.  At this point as I stood just under the neck of “Bucky-the T-Rex” did I ask how we could get inside and could I take photos.  Obviously it is not open to the public for it is for storage only.  My request for a private tour was denied.

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Churches, small towns, Texas, windows

 

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Josephine, Texas

With a population of 984 in 2009 I call it a town but they call it a city: City of Josephine. It’s along a route I sometimes take when making my rounds to visit clients each month. And as you can guess, it’s named after somebody’s sweet daughter and there was probably a train and some cotton involved. That’s how it is in these parts.

This Methodist church is situated across the street from the Baptist church. Now I didn’t stop in to talk to anyone but there was a suspicious neighbor who came out to see why I drove by and circled in the Baptist parking lot several times. In fact, I used that parking lot to make calls to the office and do some of the usual business I do for seniors. I should have gotten out and gathered information. As my devoted readers always know….the clock ticks.

Josephine United Methodist church has its own facebook page so I got to see some “inside” pictures. The front of the building as seen in the above photo led me to beleive that this structure was not being used.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2011 in Churches, Photography, small towns, Texas

 

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Richland, Texas

 

According to Rains County records, Richland is the only African American Community in Point. It is also where the Richland School was located, the Richland Baptist Church and the Benton Hill Cemetery are located.  Just up the road a short drive off of FM 514 northeast of Point, here stands this church where I sat for a while in my car under a shade tree.  The best information I found on the web is on the Rains County history site.  But I think the best history remains in the congregation of this church.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Churches, Photography, Uncategorized

 

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St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas

365–Daily photograph.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2011 in Churches, Photo A Day, Photography

 

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Kentucky Town, TX

At first I thought the upcoming road was just that, a road called Kentucky Town. The sign didn’t include a population like most do as you enter into the city/town/village limits. And I’ve been through towns where populations are as low as 100-something. But as I passed by, a big church sign is situated on the corner of the 11 and Kentucky Town Road. I turned around and went back.

Turning left off the highway about 18 miles south of Sherman TX, my imagination ran wild with images of an old town square, an abandoned jail cell situated in the town park, and a junk store with all the goodies from old times. Nothing like that was there. In fact, all that I found was this church and some houses across the road. The church is a large structure probably attracting a great many who are scattered across the wide openness of the area. There is this old bell and a historical marker with these words:

When first settled in 1830s was known as Annaliza. Renamed by Kentucky emigrants in 1858. Unique layout gave town protection against Indian attacks. On freight and stage routes. “Sacred Harp,” a robust frontier gospel style of singing and composition, began here. During Civil War was Quantrill gang rendezvous.

According to a few Texas websites, Kentucky Town was quite the thriving place at one time. Quintrill and his gang have their own story I’m sure and it does add a bit of colorful paint to the Texas canvas. But it was where they laid train tracks and routed the rail that put Kentucky Town with what it is today.

Big story. Little town.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in Churches, Photography, small towns, Texas

 

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Sadler United Methodist Church

“First called Quillin’s Chapel. This church was organized in September 1876 in a schoolhouse just west of Sadler Cemetery, The Rev. William M. Robbins (1836-1898), then serving the Dexter Circuit, was the founding pastor J.P. Collier, E.J. Cravens, William Jones, James Mitchell, and W. S. Robinson were the original trustees. Renamed Salem Methodist Church in 1880, the congregation became Sadler Methodist when it moved to this site in 1895. Local contractor Joe Canker erected the present church building in 1910.” (History)

The year 2010 brings more photo opportunities both with my baby and with all that I love in nature. Spring 2009 I did not get out much to take photos of the Texas bluebonnets or stormy sky since I had given birth and brough home this little bundle of joy. It is my goal to shoot daily and post in a 365 gallery or blog. This most likely will develop into random shots although I do have several projects I would like to accomplish: sky 365; 10:00 a.m. 365; self portrait 365. The latter is very unlikely but is a popular project.

I have not worked much with my Holgas because I don’t have dark room supplies and it is really burdensome to take my 120 film to the metroplex. Living in rural American brings about fabulous photo opportunities but leaves little choice with developing of film.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in Churches, Photography, Texas

 

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