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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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Dexter, Texas


If it weren’t for this church and a stop sign at the 678 and the 106 I’d never know I was in Dexter.  Are there even a hundred people there?  Ranches are scattered throughout the region just south of the Red River.  According to historical data, Dexter was named after a race horse.  Not surprising really since one will pass many horse ranches to get to Dexter regardless of what route taken.  Let me not forget to mention the cemeteries, two I believe dating back to the beginning of Dexter’s history.  Many of the original business including a hotel and barber shop have since decayed and been carried off in memory.  But the church remains and fortunately is still in use.  As it should be.


Go to church!

I want to know about this race horse named Dexter.


Posted by on January 8, 2014 in Uncategorized


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Walnut Street Church of Christ, Sherman TX.


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 (

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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Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

First Baptist Church.
This is last year’s photo. The church still stands and surely not much has change in a town at the junction of the 412, the 63, and the 67. I should have stayed longer for there were some treasures to be found there.

Meanwhile, I’m pinning on Pinterest a bunch of tatting. You didn’t know I tatted? The things that can be made and given as gifts. Right now tatted lace jewelry is all the rage. Simply google it. I’ll put a photo of something I’ve made soon enough .

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in Uncategorized


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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.


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.


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


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St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas

365–Daily photograph.


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


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