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WESLEY, TEXAS

Washington County, Central Texas South
FM 2502 and FM 332
8 miles SW of Brenham
On the Austin county line
Population: 60 (estimate)

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TX - Westhervane on Wesley Brethren Church steeple
The weathervane on the restored steeple
TE Photo, 8-04
History in a Pecan Shell

Wesley is an Anglicization of the Czech word "Veseli" (Joyous).

In 1859 the first Czech school in Texas was founded here. The Reverend Josef Opocensky organized the first Czech Protestant and Moravian Brethren congregation in North America in 1864. In 1867 a post office were established.

The painted ceilings and interior date from 1889.

The population of Wesley reached its peak in 1930 with 200 people, but by the late 1950s it had declined to only 60 - where it stands today. The town has no center or businesses.

The Wesley Brethren Church, erected in 1886, served as a school between 1866 and 1900.
Texas Painted Church - Wesley Brethren Church
Texas Painted Church: The Wesley Brethren Church
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
On the National Register of Historic Places

TE Photo, 8-04
TX - Wesley Brethren Church Historical Marker
Wesley Brethren Church Historical Marker
TE Photo, 8-04
TX - Wesley Brethren Church door sign
TE Photo, 8-04

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