Courtesy Michael Hattrick, Poulsbo, Washington
(100% Marble) First Methodist Church
204 W. Brown Street, San Saba
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
in area so wild that church gave missionary a $50 revolver, $125 horse.
On this site, first frame church, 1882. Present building, 1914-1919.
San Saba marble. Said to be only all-marble Methodist church in U.S.
208 W. Wallace, San Saba
Church of San Saba
Prior to the establishment
of the town of San Saba, a group
of citizens formed a Baptist congregation which met in homes three
miles east on Simpson Creek. Formed in 1856, the congregation was
served by missionary preacher T. Howard (1817-1882). The members agreed
to move their church to town as soon as the site was determined. When
the first San Saba Courthouse was completed in 1857, the Baptist congregation
began meeting there, continuing until 1878, when they met in a small
schoolhouse. In 1883, under the guidance of The Rev. McHenry Seal
(1877-1957), a church building was erected at 307 E. Storey Street.
A parsonage was added in 1899. Both structures were destroyed by fire
in 1923. A building fund was started, and in 1924 the present site
was acquired and a new church was begun. The basement construction
was of marble donated by a local quarry, which closed due to financial
troubles. The building was completed using red brick. A native stone
parsonage was built in 1932. In 1947, an educational facility was
added, using converted barracks purchased from Fort Hood. A new educational
wing was built in 1973, and the sanctuary was remodeled in 1982.
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