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Texas' Painted Churches

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Plantersville, Texas

12-1/2 miles due east of Navasota

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St. Mary's Catholic Church, Plantersville, Texas
The Church at Twilight
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
The first church building was constructed in 1873. Polish and German-Russian immigrants created the need for Rev. Joseph Klein to be appointed as resident pastor in 1894. Cordelia Baker donated 10 acres of land to the Galveston diocese to be used for a German Catholic Church in Plantersville. In 1894 a small building was constructed under the name Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Rev. George Wilhelm became pastor in 1907 and St. Mary's split into separate Polish and German congregations. The Poles founded St. Joseph's Church in nearby Stoneham.

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary was struck by lightning and burned in 1917 while Rev. George Apel was pastor. The church was replaced within the year by the building shown here. The church building became a registered Texas Historic Landmark in 2001.

Source: The Texas Historic Commission's Atlas of Historic Texas Places
St. Mary's Catholic Church altar and painted ceiling, Plantersville, Texas
Angels on the Vaulted Ceiling
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
St. Mary's Catholic Church interior, Plantersville, Texas
Exquisite Lighting
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
St. Mary's Catholic Church altar and painted ceiling, Plantersville, Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church altar and painted ceiling, Plantersville, Texas
More interior views of the painted church
Photos courtesy Michael Duran, 2006
Plantersville's Location:
29 miles W of Conroe
37 miles NE of Brenham
35 miles SE of College Station
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St. Mary's Catholic Church, painted church, Plantersville, Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Michael Duran, 2006
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