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    PERT, TEXAS

    Anderson County, East Texas
    On CR 435, just west of TX 155 and FM 2267
    12 miles NE of Palestine


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    Pert. TX - Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
    Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Once called Mount Vernon, the change of name may have been as a result of another post office already using that name. But Pert did have a post office, although it was short-lived (1899-1895).

    After closing, the former post office building served as both church and school.

    By 1915 Pert had a population of 200 and was thriving around a sawmill economy. In the 1920s the town had a cotton gin and gristmill as well as store and school.

    But as the timber played out, so did Pertís economy. By the end of the Great Depression, the community had only twenty residents served by a single business.

    A 1992 count showed Pert to have 35 people, but it returned to a count of twenty in the year 2000.

    Photographer's Note:

    "The only structure remaining of Pert is this church. I didn't see a cemetery." - Barclay Gibson

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    Pert. TX - Mount Vernon United Methodist Church sign
    Church sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
    Historical Marker Text

    Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

    Early denominational records indicate that this congregation was in existence as a mission church as early as 1880. In 1896, A. L. and Susanna Herrington donated one acre to the county to be used for a free school. A one-room school building was erected on the site, on Walnut Creek twelve miles north of Palestine , and also served as a church meeting place. The community was known as Mount Vernon, and the Methodist church assumed that name, also. The one-room building was moved in 1907 two miles north of its original location, and two rooms were added to the structure for the growing school. The congregation continued to meet in the building until 1913, when this site, across the road from the school building, was deeded to the Mount Vernon Methodist Episcopal Church, South. A sanctuary was completed the same year. The church has maintained active programs over the years, and has served as a training ground for many young ministers and student pastors from nearby Lon Morris College. For over one hundred years, the Mount Vernon Methodist Church has served as a center for its rural community.
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    Pert. TX - Mount Vernon United Methodist Church interior
    Church interior
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
    Pert. TX - Mount Vernon United Methodist Church bell
    Church bell
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
    TX - Anderson County  1907 Postal Map
    1907 Anderson County Postal Map showing Pert NE of Palestine
    (Above "O" in ANDERSON)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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