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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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Oak Glen, CA


This is an old picture.  I’m guessing it was taken in 1999.  This was a Civil War reenactment in Oak Glen, California, the first I had ever attended.  I’d go again if the opportunity presented itself.  I shot it with a Minolta X370 50 mm lens, 200 ISO Kodachrome film.

Not much has changed over the years, friends tell me.  There remains the working apple orchard. Visitors can buy apples, make apple cider, enjoy everything apple.  It also has a variety of activities such as the Colonial Chesterfield  Civil War program, a packing shed operation, Riley’s Log Cabin Farm and Frontier Events.

Frequently these days I have considered returning to Southern California. I’ve had no desire in the past ten years although I have been back a number of times over a year while working for a company that subjected me to the Orange County freeway system.  The time of year matters for there are many things to do year round, I don’t want to miss the apple festival in Oak Glen or the way the sun dips below the San Jacinto mountains while golfing in the desert.  Palm Springs is so hot in the summer.

Yes, I think I will start planning.

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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


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